Handout image launched by the Chilean Air Force in Punta Arenas, Chile, on December 12, 2019, displaying touchdown gear of the C-130 Hercules transport airplane, which disappeared late Monday with 38 folks on board, recovered from the ocean by search groups. AFP
The Chilean Hercules C-130 airplane that crashed on its method to Antarctica this week killing all 38 folks on board suffered an emergency three years in the past on the identical route, the air pressure stated on Saturday.
Following the airplane’s disappearance after taking off from the southern metropolis of Punta Arenas, native media broadcast a video displaying emergency gear together with firefighters and ambulances ready on the runway within the metropolis’s airport in April 2016.
In an announcement, the Chilean Air Force stated the airplane proven within the footage is similar one which crashed because it was crossing the Drake Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific en path to a Chilean airbase.
As it got here to land on the base in Antarctica in 2016 “the crew realized that the left main gear of the aircraft did not travel to the down position and secure when activating the landing gear,” the assertion stated.
The pilot determined to show again to Punta Arenas, utilizing an alternate technique to decrease the touchdown gear and touching down uneventfully, the assertion added.
The air pressure has beforehand stated the crashed airplane’s upkeep file was so as, however that it might examine a WhatsApp audio message despatched by a passenger to relations that allegedly stated the airplane was having electrical issues.
Authorities say they haven’t dominated out something as to the reason for the crash, which killed all 21 passengers and 17 crew aboard.
Debris from the airplane was positioned in a 12 sq. mile (30 sq. kilometer) space within the Drake Passage, a storm-tossed physique of water south of Cape Horn.
On Friday, stays of individuals killed within the crash have been turned over to a coroner for identification.