47 pages 1 hour read

Piers Paul Read


Nonfiction | Book | Adult | Published in 1974

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The family members of the survivors are appalled at the news that Chile has given up the search for the missing flight. They seek out any way to find their missing loved ones, including paranormal practitioners. One spiritualist gives the family members false hope that the crashed plane can be easily located. Planes, radios, and other equipment are mobilized by their owners out of sympathy for the family members. Many people want to find the downed plane and refuse to accept payment from the family members. Nothing is found.

Shamed into action, the male family members decide to go to Chile, even though they are told that their mission is hopeless. Despite the fact that Chile is mired in a chaotic political situation, the Uruguayans travel to the neighboring country to look for the missing boys. In early November they search in the places where the paranormal practitioners tell them, where their maps indicate, and wherever they feel they may find their plane. Their searches are always in vain. All of the paranormal estimates are useless, and the Uruguayan men searching for their family members struggle to think how they will explain giving up to their wives and mothers. After a month-long search, they offer rewards and organize people to search in their stead before returning to Montevideo.