July 5, 2016 12:10 pm
Updated: July 5, 2016 6:54 pm

Kenn Borek Air celebrates successful South Pole rescue mission in Calgary

WATCH ABOVE: Extended video as Kenn Borek Air discusses a successful South Pole rescue mission in Calgary.


The Calgary-based crew that flew out two people from a South Pole research station sang songs and snacked on hot Thai soup during their perilous medical mission.

Pilot Wally Dobchuk and the rest of his team relayed their experiences from last month at a news conference in Calgary.

Dobchuk said for some reason everyone seemed fond of the song “In the Jungle” but they only seemed to know the first few lines.

WATCH: Kenn Borek Air crew reveals details about their risky South Pole mission

He said there was concern about ice on the engine and wings, but the Twin Otter aircraft has built in tools to alleviate the danger.

He said they were also lucky to be able to avoid some of the nasty weather that could have delayed the departure or made the flight more risky.

The two Kenn Borek Air planes made the 10-hour journey from Chile to Rothera, Antarctica.

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Watch below: Global’s past coverage of the South Pole rescue mission

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