On the night of Saturday, December 6, Sergey Kofanov’s team was still in Punta Arenas, Chile, waiting for the fourth day running for clearance to leave for Antarctica.

Around midnight Moscow time came the report that the entire group was leaving for the airport. An hour later Sergey reported the following: “Leaving at the limit. Forecasts fortomorrow promise winds at 250 km an hour.
The pilots don’t know how they will return".