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Severely Damaged Plane Makes Emergency Landing
(CNN) – A LATAM Airlines plane was damaged while traveling from Santiago, Chile, to Asunción, Paraguay, and had to make an emergency landing at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport on Wednesday after experiencing “severe weather conditions during its flight path,” the airline told CNN in a statement on Thursday.“Passengers and crew are safe and well,” the statement said, adding the airline regretted “any inconvenience this weather situation may have caused to its passengers.”Telefuturo, a CNN affiliate, reported that 48 people were traveling on the flight.The images obtained by the station show the damaged aircraft with its nose missing and its windshield smashed.The General Directorate of Civil Aviation of Chile reported in a statement Thursday that the Paraguayan aviation authorities have initiated an investigation and that a team of specialists from the Chilean entity “will be integrated on the ground to collaborate with this investigative process.”CNN en Español reached out to the Paraguayan National Directorate of Civil Aeronautics on Thursday for more information but has not yet received a response. Scary flight for passenger“Near Asunción the terrible turbulence began and people already started to panic and then the pilot tells us to prepare for an emergency landing,” passenger Pabla Thomen told a private radio station, Monumental AM 1080, on Thursday.Thomen added that she got scared and hugged her daughter during the turbulence and at one point her seat belt came undone.
Volcano Could Spell Doom For Sacred Easter Island Statues
(CNN) – Easter Island’s towering stone heads and other archaeological elements have been charred by a fire, according to local Indigenous and Chilean authorities.The fire – caused by the nearby Rano Raraku volcano – started Monday and razed nearly 250 acres of the island, damaging its famous stone-carved statues known as ‘Moai’ which were created by a Polynesian tribe over 500 years ago, native officials reported.Ariki Tepano, who serves as the director of the indigenous Ma’u Henua community which manages the Rapa Nui Natural Park, described the damage as “irreparable” and warned that the “consequences go beyond what the eyes can see,” in a statement Thursday.The Rapa Nui National Park – whose name comes from the Indigenous moniker for the island – is a protected area displaying the legacy of the Rapa Nui culture.The UNESCO World Heritage-listed island lies 2,174 miles (3,500 km) off the coast of Chile and is the most remote inhabited island on the planet. The far-off island has long been a bucket list destination for travelers from around the world, primarily due to the giant Moai monuments.Chile’s Undersecretary of Cultural Heritage Carolina Pérez Dattari said that officials from the country’s National Monuments Council (CNM) “are on the ground assessing the damages” from the fire on the island’s sacred stone figures.The composition of the statues can be adversely impacted from “exposure to high temperatures ...