Among the missing were 17 crew membersand 21 passengers. Air Force General Eduardo Mosqueirasaid the plane did not activate any distress signal while flying to Chile’sPresidente Eduardo Frei Montalva base, on Antarctica’s King George Island. The C-130 Hercules transport aircrafttook off from Punta Arenas around 16:55 local time on Monday (19:55 GMT), andoperators lost contact soon after 18:00 (21:00). The air force said the plane wasaround 450 miles into its 770-mile journey when the contact was lost, placingit within the Drake Passage – a body of water connecting the South Atlantic andSouth Pacific Oceans, and is known for treacherous weather conditions.(BBC) The C-130 Hercules transport aircraft with 38 people on board has disappeared en route to Antarctica on Monday, according to Chile’s air force. BBC CHILE – A military plane with 38people on board has disappeared en route to Antarctica, the country’s air forcesaid.