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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 11 July 1983
Time:ca 07:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2V2
Operator:TAME Ecuador
Registration: HC-BIG
C/n / msn: 22607/775
First flight: 1981-06-11 (2 years 1 month)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 111 / Occupants: 111
Total:Fatalities: 119 / Occupants: 119
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1,5 km (0.9 mls) from Cuenca (   Ecuador)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO/SEQU), Ecuador
Destination airport:Cuenca Airport (CUE/SECU), Ecuador
Narrative:
The aircraft was approaching Cuenca in clear weather with patches of ground fog near the airport when it struck a ridge with its tail and crashed into a hilly area about 1 mile short of the runway. The pilot was reportedly underqualified.

Classification:
Flightcrew un(der)qualified
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero


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Distance from Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport to Cuenca Airport as the crow flies is 309 km (193 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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