South Pole medical rescue flight heads to Chile

WASHINGTON (AP) – A small plane carrying two sick passengers is headed from Antarctica to Chile, the latest leg in a daring rescue mission from a remote U.S. research station at the South Pole.

After making a stop for a few hours at a British station on the edge of Antarctica, the two ailing U.S. workers left for Chile on another plane. A spokeswoman for the British station said the two are expected to arrive in Chile for medical treatment Wednesday evening.

The rescue team left the U.S. Amundsen-Scott station at the South Pole on Wednesday morning for the 1,500-mile trip to the British post Rothera.

Cold and dark usually prevent planes from flying to the polar outpost from February to October.

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