Date
18 August 2017
A mountaineers group has found the wreckage of a plane that disappeared more than 50 years ago in the Andes. Photo: Times Live/Gallo Images/Thinkstock
A mountaineers group has found the wreckage of a plane that disappeared more than 50 years ago in the Andes. Photo: Times Live/Gallo Images/Thinkstock

Chilean climbers find wreck of plane that crashed 54 years ago

A Chilean mountaineers group said it has found the wreckage of a missing plane that disappeared more than half a century ago in the Andes with a team of soccer stars on board.

The group said it came across the wreckage at an altitude of about 3,200 meters, in a place about 300 kilometers south of Santiago. 

“Quite a bit of the fuselage is still there, a lot of things scattered over the area including human bones. So this story is getting a rewrite since this is not where original accounts said,” expedition member Leonardo Albornoz told a Chilean TV station.

The plane was carrying 34 people when it crashed, with all presumed dead, Agence France-Presse reported.

Images of the twisted wreck of the LAN Chile Douglas DC-3 that went down April 3, 1961 were shown on Chilean television Sunday, released by the climbers.

The passengers on board the ill-fated plane included eight members of the Green Cross football squad, team coach Arnaldo Vasquez, and other team staff and friends who were coming back to Santiago from a match in Osorno.

The plane has been missing ever since, but the story until now had been that a LAN pilot had spotted something he said was the footballers’ plane in another location — near the city of Linares, AFP noted.

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