South Pole – Rescue Flight Arrives in Chile

The rescue plane that arrived safely in South Pole with two sick US workers had recently arrived in Chile on late Wednesday after the aircraft had left the Antarctic region in a daring mission. The objective was to save the two sick workers from a remote research location in Antarctica, according to officials.

South Pole - Rescue Flight Arrives in Chile

Rescue Plane From South Pole Arrives Safely in Chile With the Two Sick Workers on Board

The plane that took off from the South Pole with the two workers on board were flown to the southwesternmost Chilean city of Punta Arenas following a stop for a few hours at a British station at the edge of the Antarctic region, according to a statement that has been made by the National Science Foundation in its Facebook page.

For the team that flew the plan to the South Pole region, it was a hectic two days of flying. The rescue team flew 3,000-miles from the British station Rothera and it was a roundtrip flight. Their mission was to pick up the sick workers at the United States Amundsen-Scott station. They then arrived back at the Rothera station on Wednesday afternoon, as per Peter West, spokesman for the foundation and who also runs the US station. The two workers then boarded a second Canadian-owned Twin Otter plane which then took off from Antarctica to Punta Arenas.

“From Punta Arenas, the two patients aboard will be transported to a medical facility that can provide a level of care that is not available at Amundsen-Scott,” according to the National Science Foundation. It also added that it is not going to disclose the location of the facility. It has also not identified as to what were the conditions of the two sick workers as they cite medical privacy. Both workers are employees for contractor Lockheed Martin.

Prior to leaving the region, there were 48 people in the facility, 39 men and 9 women. It is actually not normal to fly to the outpost located at the Antarctic region from February to October because of dangerous conditions. These conditions include the dangers of flying in pitch-dark and with biting cold.

Steve Barnet, who works with a University of Wisconsin astronomy team located at the polar station but is currently in the United States, have lauded the rescue team that built up the courage to fly to the South Pole facility to go about the mission. “The courage of the pilots to make the flight in extremely harsh conditions is incredible and inspiring,” he said.


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