Three Norwegian polar researchers from Tromsø were on board a Hercules military transport plane that crashed after developing trouble just after takeoff from a base in Antarctica. No one was injured in the accident.
Stian Solbø, a colleague of the three researchers at the Northern Research Institute in Tromsø, told VG.no that the aircraft that was supposed to transport the researchers out of Antarctica “apparently landed outside the runway.” The Hercules aircraft, which belongs to the Brazilian Air Force, was damaged in the crash on the ice and rendered useless.
Now the researchers, who had been counting penguins in Antarctica, will need to wait for either another aircraft or a boat. The accident occurred at the Chilean base Eduardo Fei on King George Island.