Crews Again Can't Reach Downed Plane in Antarctica

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - For a second day, searchers have been unable to reach a plane believed to have crashed in an Antarctic mountain range while carrying three Canadians.

High winds and snow Friday prevented teams from getting to the plane. Its emergency locator started transmitting late Wednesday in mountains about 450 kilometers (280 miles) north of the South Pole.

Rescuers don't know if the men are alive. Their plane has survival gear such as tents on board.

The locator stopped transmitting Thursday night and crews have been unable to establish radio contact. Rescuers say they will likely need to wait until Saturday for a break in the weather.

One man has been identified as Bob Heath from the Northwest Territories, an experienced pilot in both the Antarctic and Arctic.

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