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Sep032011

Chilean Plane Crashes off Juan Fernandez Islands, All 21 Feared Dead

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(JUAN FERNANDEZ) -- A Chilean air force plane carrying 21 people crashed near the Juan Fernandez islands off of Chile’s Pacific coast Friday night.

BBC News reports that the Casa-212 plane from Santiago attempted to land at the islands' airport twice before it was reported missing, according to Chilean Defense Minister Andres Allamand.

The islands' mayor reported rough and windy conditions when the plane was due to land.

Plane wreckage and luggage was found in the water, confirming the plane had crashed.

Among the passengers onboard was Felipe Camiroaga, the host of Chile's popular national TV program Good Morning Everyone.

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