In early April 1961, the top-division Chilean soccer team Green Cross piled into a fixed-wing propeller plane headed home for the country’s capital, Santiago. They had just played an away game in the Copa de Chile, Chile’s domestic soccer cup. Then, somewhere over the Andes mountains, the plane crashed. All 24 passengers — including eight team members — were presumed dead, and the wreckage remained missing for 54 years.

Now, Chilean mountaineers say they have found passengers’ bones and the plane’s mutilated remains, its propeller buried in stone, some 215 miles from Santiago. The discovery solves a decades-old South American mystery.