Hijacking description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 6 September 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3-209
Operator:TAME Ecuador
Registration: FAE1969
C/n / msn: 1969
First flight: 1937
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Tumaco-La Florida Airport (TCO) (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO/SEQU), Ecuador
Destination airport:Manta Airport (MEC/SEMT), Ecuador
Narrative:
Twelve men and a woman, some of them armed with machine guns, hijacked two TAME Ecuador C-47 planes. The hijackers shot and killed one crewman and wounded another. Both aircraft landed at Tumaco (TCO), Colombia for refueling. One airplane was left behind as the hijackers continued to Panama City-Tocumen Airport (PTY). After a 31-minute refueling stop the C-47 continued to Kingston (KIN), Jamaica. The plane left Kingston at 21:00 after a 71-minute refueling stop. The flight finally landed at Cuba.
The hijackers told passengers that the hijacking was in retaliation for the deaths of several students in May 1969 during anti-government riots at the University
of Guayaquil in Ecuador.


Events:


Sources:
» Daily Review (8 SEP 1969)
» El Tiempo - 7 Sep 1969


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Distance from Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport to Manta Airport as the crow flies is 258 km (161 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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