At least six dead after plane crashes into house in Chile

Marje Pelayo   •   April 17, 2019   •   2308

Photo: Reuters

At least five people – two women and three men – and the pilot of a light aircraft were killed after it crashed into a house in the southern Chilean city of Puerto Montt on Tuesday (April 16).

First responders worked to put out the fire on the roof of the house, while onlookers gathered around.

The aircraft had just taken off from the near-by airdrome of “La Paloma,” local media reported.

According to aviation authorities, the aircraft was meant to be carrying a pilot and eight passengers. However three passengers failed to board.

Investigations will be carried out to determine the cause of the accident. (REUTERS)

Endangered macaws rescued in Chile

admin   •   February 14, 2019

Several macaws inside cardboard boxes in Iquique, Atacama Region, Chile on February 12, 2019 | Reuters

Chilean authorities arrested a wildlife smuggler in Buin, on the outskirts of Santiago, trying to smuggle 59 endangered macaws in boxes.

At first, customs agents found 29 macaws in the boot of a taxi and upon further inspection, another 30 were found, according to local media reports.

The animal trafficker had stolen the baby birds from their nests in the city of Osorno. The rare birds looked barely alive with their feathers dirty, sticky and moulting. They had been drugged and were on their way to the middle of the country to be sold as pets.

Animal rights activist Patricia Cocas, said the crime was punishable by up to eight years in total for the capture of an endangered species and cruelty of animal trafficking.

Chile’s National Zoo are taking care of the rescued macaws in order to return them to the wild. — Reuters

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Waves of cuttlefish wash up on shore in Chile

admin   •   February 13, 2019

Dead cuttlefish on the shore and tourists and locals in Bahia Inglesia, Chile on February 10, 2019 | Reuters

Thousands of cuttlefish have mysteriously washed up on shore in Chile’s Bahia Inglesa, amidst pollution fears in this coastal area that is one of the country’s main tourist hotspots.

Locals say such an incident has not happened before, and environmental authorities are investigating and have warned locals not to eat the fish.

There are fears that the waves of dead fish could damage the region’s fishing industry, a major driver of the local economy.

Bahia Inglesa is a popular summer destination for Chile, with thousands attracted to the area’s pristine beaches. — Reuters

Chilean court hears case of stolen statues, artifacts

admin   •   December 21, 2018


A statue found in Schuler’s property in San Francisco de Mostazal, O’Higgins Region, Chile | REUTERS

A Chilean court on Thursday (December 20) heard a case against a businessman accused of hoarding statues, historic rifles and indigenous artifacts allegedly stolen from public parks, cemeteries and museums at his posh estate south of Santiago.

Raul Schuler, an agricultural entrepreneur from San Francisco de Mostazal, a small town ringed by wineries and fruit plantations, was charged with violating Chilean environmental laws that protect national monuments as well as regulations governing the possession of weapons, according to court filings.

Schuler could not be reached immediately for comment.

The loot discovered at the 74-year old business magnate’s estate included 13 pre-Columbian artifacts discovered in the piano room as well as fossils, pre-Columbian textiles, rifles from Chile’s War of the Pacific, ceramics and other indigenous artifacts from various regions of Chile.

Schuler also displayed twenty marble statues in courtyards at his home. Many had recently been on display in public spaces in Santiago.

The total haul was valued at around $400,000, according to court documents. — Reuters

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