Date & Time: Jul 11, 1983 at 0740 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Quito - Cuenca
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On final approach to Cuenca-Mariscal La Mar Airport, the crew encountered limited visibility due to poor weather conditions. On final, he failed to realize his altitude was insufficient when the airplane struck trees and crashed in flames near the district of Gaullum, about 2 km short of runway 05 threshold. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 119 occupants were killed.
For unknown reasons, the flying crew continued the approach below the glide without proper visual contact with the ground. A lack of experience was considered as a contributing factor.