Antarctic rescue flight turned back due to bad weather

A rescue flight on its way to a group of Canadians stranded in Antarctica has had to turn around because of bad weather.

Rescue officials in New Zealand had hoped the weather had lifted enough to give spotters their first look at the site where the Canadians’ plane went down.

But Steve Rendle of that country’s Rescue Co-ordination Centre says clouds were still too low and too thick.

Instead, the crews will try to set up a forward base closer to the crash site.

Rendle says the weather isn’t expected to improve for another 12 hours.

No information was available on the fate of the three men aboard the ski-equipped Twin Otter, which is owned by Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air.

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