Dec 12, 2019

Search teams find debris near where Chilean Air Force plane vanished

Relatives of the Chilean Air Force crash victims at Chabunco army base in Punta Arenas, Chile, on Wednesday. Photo: Joel Estay/AFP via Getty Images

Search teams have found debris believed to be from a Chilean military cargo plane that vanished while carrying 38 people en route to Antarctica, Chile's Air Force said in a statement Wednesday.

The big picture: Officials believe the plane crashed while flying to the country's base in the icy continent. The wreckage was found floating in the "treacherous" waters of Drake's Passage, between Antarctica and Chile, 19 miles from where the C-130 Hercules plane last made contact on Tuesday, AP reports.

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Kazakhstan plane crash leaves at least 12 dead

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A Bek Air plane crashed shortly after taking off from Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan on Friday morning, leaving at least 12 people dead, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: It's the latest aviation tragedy in the former Soviet region, which faces a spotty historic safety record and masses of new passengers thanks to the creation of low-cost carriers like Bek Air.

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What we know: Ukrainian Boeing 737 crashes in Tehran

Search and rescue teams at the site of the plane crash near Imam Khomeini Airport in Iran, Jan. 8. Photo: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A Boeing 737-800 Ukraine International Airlines plane crashed in Tehran shortly after taking off from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Jan. 8, killing all 167 passengers and nine crew members.

The latest: The Iranian government has agreed to send the black boxes from the downed jetliner to Ukraine, suggesting it cannot be read in Iran and providing little further detail, according to an unnamed Iranian official per AP. American, French and Canadian experts will help analyze the data in Ukraine.

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Space Force becomes the newest branch of the U.S. military

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The U.S. Space Force has become the sixth and newest branch of the nation's military, after President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act.

Space is the world’s new war-fighting domain."
— President Trump's remarks at the launch
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