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Chile air force says Chinese ship in Antarctica still burns


In this picture released by Chile's Air Force, smoke billows from a Chinese factory fishing ship Kai Xin just off the coast of Antarctica, Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Chilean authorities say around 90 crew members have been rescued from the burning ship by the crew of the Norwegian ship Juvel, and Chile’s military says it’s ready to intervene if necessary to prevent an ecological disaster. (AP Photo/Chile's Air Force) (The Associated Press)

A Chilean air force plane is checking on a Chinese ship that caught fire in Antarctica.

The Kai Xin vessel burned off the coast of Antarctica on Wednesday and its 97 crew members were rescued by a Norwegian ship.

Then it began to drift unmanned, zigzagging dangerously close to sharp glaciers.

Chile's air force said Friday that the ship is still in flames at Bransfield Strait in the Antarctic peninsula.

A Chilean navy tugboat is on its way to tow the ship to harbor before it crashes into the glaciers and causes an oil spill.

A Panamanian-flagged Chinese ship, Skyfrost, is also nearing the area to help tow the disabled craft.

The Kai Xin left port in Uruguay. Chilean officials don't know how much fuel it carries.