Chilean mountaineers find plane missing for 50 years

2015-02-09 05:00
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Santiago - Chilean mountaineers say they have found the wreckage of a plane that crashed in the Andes 54 years ago, killing 24 people, including eight members of a professional soccer team.

The group has distributed photos of the site found in recent days at an altitude of about 3 200m and 360km south of Santiago, the capital.

Expedition member Leonardo Albornoz tells Chile's Channel 7 they're keeping the exact site secret to prevent looting.

The Douglas DC-3 operated by the LAN airline disappeared on 3 April 1961, while flying from Osorno to Santiago.

Among those killed were players for the top-division Green Cross team, who were returning from a game.

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