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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 14 February 1991
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: FAE447
C/n / msn: 832
First flight: 1986
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Total:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:34 km (21.3 mls) W of Taisha (   Ecuador)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Macas Airport (XMS/SEMC), Ecuador
Destination airport:Taisha Airport (TSC/SETH), Ecuador
Narrative:
Struck a mountainside of Mount Paso Macuna. The aircraft was being used to shuttle civilians between remote jungle settlements, probably on behalf of Mission Aviation Fellowship.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Scramble Vol.12, nr.10


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Distance from Macas Airport to Taisha Airport as the crow flies is 69 km (43 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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