Rescuers are trying to reach a sick contractor at the American Research Station at the South Pole. Two planes landed at Britain’s Rothera Station on the Antarctic Peninsula Monday, but the most dangerous part of their journey may still be ahead.
Flying to the South Pole is already difficult during the Antarctic summer, but when the continent is in the middle of the pitch dark of winter – as it is right now – weather conditions make flying practically impossible, reports CBS Sports’ Dana Jacobson.
The twin otter planes dispatched from Canada last week will attempt the mid-winter rescue. It was done just twice before in 2001 and 2003. Sean Loutit, a former Kenn Borek Air pilot, flew on both missions.