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Antarctic plane crash Canadians 'could not have survived.'


Antarctica is home to between 1,000 and 5,000 people year round.
Antarctica is home to between 1,000 and 5,000 people year round.

The Canadian Press

January 27, 2013 — Wreckage of Twin Otter with three Canadians aboard has been found.

The continent is one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth.
The continent is one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth.

A Canadian plane that crashed in Antarctica appears to have been on course but may have turned too early while flying through a mountain range.

That from an official with the New Zealand Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, which confirms the aircraft has been found.

The centre's Chris Henshaw says the wreckage of the Twin Otter lies along the route the plane was intending to fly between the South Pole and an Italian base in Antarctica's Terra Nova Bay.

The plane, operated by Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air, was reported missing after it failed to reach its destination on Wednesday.

Search crews in aircraft have sighted the wreckage on a steep slope near the top of Mount Elizabeth on the Queen Alexandra range.

And New Zealand officials say the three crew members on board could not have survived.

Since the Twin Otter was operated by a Canadian company, the Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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