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Accident description
Last updated: 27 June 2017
Date:Sunday 15 August 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 785D Viscount
Registration: HC-ARS
C/n / msn: 377
First flight: 1958
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 55
Total:Fatalities: 59 / Occupants: 59
Airplane damage: 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
Flightnumber: 232
The Viscount went missing while on a flight to Cuenca (CUE).
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.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Military teams climb volcano for 1976 plane crash (CNN, 18-2-2003)
» Aviation News 17.09.1976


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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 Network’s 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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