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Historic Antarctica plane remains 'found' by expedition


A team of Australian conservationists says it has found what it believes to be the remains of the first aeroplane ever taken to Antarctica.

Australian explorer Douglas Mawson had the single-propeller Vickers with him on a 1911-12 expedition but it was abandoned because of engine troubles.

Brought to the frozen continent without its wings, the plane was used for a time as a kind of motorised sledge.

Nick Bryant reports.


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