antarctica south pole plane rescue pkg _00002801.jpg
Daring South Pole air rescue underway
01:42 - Source: CTV

Story highlights

A twin-prop plane arrives in Chile carrying medical patients in risky flight from South Pole

Patients will now be transported to hospitals for treatment

CNN  — 

A twin-prop airplane carrying two seriously ill patients from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile, at about 9:40 p.m. ET Wednesday, said a National Science Foundation spokesman.

From Punta Arenas, the two patients will be taken to a medical facility that can provide a level of care that is not available at Amundsen-Scott, the spokesman, Peter West, said.

The Twin Otter flew completed this leg of the trip from the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, where it had arrived 1:15 p.m. ET after a 1,500 mile flight from the South Pole Wednesday, West said.

The flight from the South Pole Station was risky because of weather and distance. To depart, the Twin Otter aircraft operators needed to be sure the weathe