Unfallbericht:A DHC-6 Twin Otter plane, operated by TAME Ecuador and registered HC-BAX/FAE-457, was destroyed when it crashed into the side of a mountain. All 18 on board were killed.
|Datum:||Freitag 22 Mai 1981|
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
|Triebwerk:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 15 / Insassen: 15|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 18 / Insassen: 18 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||nahe Zumba ( Ecuador)
|Flugphase:|| Während des Fluges (ENR)|
|Flug von:||Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO/SEQU), Ecuador|
|Flug nach:||Macara Airport (MRR/SEMA), Ecuador|
Several reports indicate the plane crashed on May 21 or May 22 near Zumba, Ecuador.
Other reports suggest that the Twin Otter crashed while flying in formation with the Presidential Beechcraft 200 on May 24, 1981. This accident happened near Macará, Ecuador, killing Ecuadorian President Jaime Roldós Aguilera aboard the Beech 200. Newspaper reported at the time do however not report the simultaneous accident of the Twin Otter. It is thus considered probable that the Twin Otter crashed in a separate accident a few days earlier.
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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 Macara Airport as the crow flies is 496 km (310 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.