Narrative:The Viscount went missing while on a flight to Cuenca (CUE).
|Date:||15 AUG 1976|
|Type:||Vickers 785D Viscount|
|C/n / msn:|| 377|
|First flight:|| 1958|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55|
|Total:||Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Chimborazo Volcano (Ecuador)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO/SEQU), Ecuador|
|Destination airport:||Cuenca Airport (CUE/SECU), Ecuador|
The wreckage was found October 17, 2002 by climbers who tried to reach the top of the 20,700-foot Chimborazo Volcano. Further investigation by officials in February 2003 confirmed that the wreckage was indeed SAETA flight 232.
» Military teams climb volcano for 1976 plane crash (CNN, 18-2-2003)
» Aviation News 17.09.1976
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport to Cuenca Airport as the crow flies is 309 km (193 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.