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Accident description
Last updated: 7 October 2015
Date:Wednesday 6 April 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana
Registration: FAE450
C/n / msn: 436
First flight: 1974
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mt. Lozan (   Ecuador)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Taura Airport (SETA), Ecuador
Destination airport:Latacunga-Cotopaxi International Airport (LTX/SELT), Ecuador
The aircraft struck a cloud-shrouded mountain at 13400 feet (300 feet below the summit) while climbing to FL155.

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Distance from Taura Airport to Latacunga-Cotopaxi International Airport as the crow flies is 191 km (119 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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