Chile: All 21 aboard crashed military plane died

September 3, 2011 - 9:55 PM
APTOPIX Chile Plane Crash

Local fishermen help the Chilean Navy in the search and recovery of the victims of a plane crash in the waters of the Juan Fernandez islands, Saturday Sept. 3, 2011. A Chilean Air Force plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean with 21 people aboard, Friday afternoon Sept. 2, 2011, after two failed attempts to land in difficult weather on the Juan Fernandez islands. The bodies of at least two women and one man were recovered Saturday by searchers or fishermen, said Air Force Gen. Maximiliano Larraechea. Officials say they believe all aboard died. (AP Photo/Scheila Recabarren)

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — All 21 people aboard a military plane that crashed in the Pacific Ocean near Chile's remote Juan Fernandez islands are dead, the government confirmed on Saturday.

The Chilean CASA 212 plane crashed Friday afternoon after two failed attempts to land in difficult weather on the islands.

"After a search involving the commander in chief of the FACh (Chilean air force) the conclusion has been reached that the impact was so powerful it would have led to the instant death of those on board the plane," said Defense Minister Andres Allamand.

Earlier Saturday, Chilean officials said the bodies of two women and two men were recovered by searchers or fishermen. Searchers said they had also found pieces of the plane's wreckage.

Among those aboard was popular Chilean television personality Felipe Camiroaga and four other members of a crew from a morning show on Chilean state television. Camiroaga, 44, had co-hosted the Vina del Mar music festival in 2009 and 2010.

The Juan Fernandez archipelago, located 400 miles (670 kilometers) from the mainland, is known for possibly having inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe.