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Chilean film crew among 20 feared dead as plane disappears.

Summary: Chilean officials say they have found wreckage they believe belongs to a missing military jet, carrying a television film crew.

Chilean officials say the wreckage of a military transport plane, which went missing with 21 people on board, has been found in the sea off the Juan Fernandez islands, 420 miles from the mainland.

The islands' mayor told state television the wreckage had been found around 0.6km from a landing strip where it had tried, and failed, to land twice in bad weather.

The plane went missing on Friday evening, but metalwork and personal belongings were spotted floating in the Pacific Ocean soon after.

Defence Minister Andres Allamand confirmed the disappearance of a Chilean Airforce plane.

Aboard the plane, as well as locals and military personel, was a television crew, journalists and Felipe Camiroaga, one of the country's best known presenters.

The 45-year-old hosted Buenos Dias a Todos (Good Morning Everyone) and the late-night talk show Animal Nocturno (Nocturnal Animal).

Fans flocked to the Santiago based TV N station to light candles and pray. The station confirmed five of its staff were aboard the plane.

They had been due to film a report about the reconstruction of the island following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in early 2010.

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Date:Sep 3, 2011
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