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US Airplane Called in to Rescue 30 People From Antarctica

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    Giant tabular icebergs are surrounded by ice floe drift in Vincennes Bay on Jan. 11, 2008 in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

    A ski-equipped U.S. airplane will be called in to extract some 30 people from an Antarctic research station after the icebreaker set to take them home ran aground in a blizzard, officials said Thursday, NBC News reported. 

    The specialist Lockheed LC-130 aircraft will transport the group while attempts to re-float Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis continued to be hampered by bad weather, the Australian government's Antarctic Division said in a statement.

    The 68 explorers and crew on board were "safe and well" and were set to be transferred to Mawson, another nearby Australian research station, once a blizzard eased, Australian officials said.