29. Has there ever been any catastrophes in Antarctica (maybe not while you were there but in the past)?
Good Question. I am sad to report that the French Antarctic Program had four people die in a helicopter crash earlier this season. The US air force was partially involved in the search for the helicopter and passengers after they lost radio contact. If you are interested in learning more about the US involvement in this casualty, a friend in the air force wrote a nice blog post on it.
There are a couple of incidents that happened in the past on McMurdo base. The locations of the injuries are documented in the map below.
1. In 2000 a fall into a crevasse injured one person near the LDB road
2. In 1995 on hiker was killed falling off castle rock
3. In 1986, two hikers were killed when they left the marked Castle Rock Loop trail and fell into a Crevasse