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Pastaza

Crash of a Quest Kodiak 100 in Moretecocha

Date & Time: Mar 29, 2017 at 1100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HC-CRF
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Moretecocha – Shell Mera
MSN:
100-0116
YOM:
2014
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Moretecocha Airfield, while climbing in poor weather conditions, the single engine airplane impacted trees and crashed in a river bed. All seven occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of an IAI Arava 201 near Fátima: 22 killed

Date & Time: Mar 15, 2016 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
E-206
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Shell - Shell
MSN:
090
YOM:
1992
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
19
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
22
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Shell Airport at 1251LT for a local training exercice with a crew of three and 19 paratroopers on board. About an hour into the flight, the crew informed ground he was returning to his base due to the deterioration of the weather conditions. Shortly later, the aircraft entered an uncontrolled descent and crashed in a wooded area. All 22 occupants were killed. Up to date, this is the worst accident involving an IAI Arava 201.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 near Santa Clara: 6 killed

Date & Time: Jan 20, 2011 at 1545 LT
Operator:
Registration:
FAE449
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Shell – Tena
MSN:
934
YOM:
1986
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The crew departed Shell Mera-Río Amazonas Airport at 1530LT on a flight to Tena on behalf of the ECORAE's Institute, a government supply and support program for isolated population in the center of Ecuador. Fifteen minutes after takeoff, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances near Santa Clara, about 30 km northeast of Shell Airport. A crew survived while five other occupants were killed. The only survivor died few hours later.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter in Pastaza: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jun 1, 1993 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
E-185
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Pastaza - Taisha
MSN:
859
YOM:
1987
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Pastaza Airport, while climbing to a height of 200 feet, the engine lost power. The crew elected to return for an emergency landing when the aircraft stalled and crashed in a cemetery. One of the pilot was killed while 10 other occupants were injured, some seriously.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the loss of engine power could not be determined.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H2 Turbo Porter in Capahuari

Date & Time: Sep 19, 1992
Operator:
Registration:
E-180
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
750
YOM:
1975
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Capahuari, the pilot lost visual contact with the ground due to a rain squall. Suddenly, the single engine aircraft struck the runway 36 surface and bounced. Out of control, it veered off runway to the left and came to rest in a ravine. Both occupants were slightly injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Rockwell Sabreliner 75A in Pastaza

Date & Time: Jun 18, 1990 at 1615 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
FAE045
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Pastaza - Pastaza
MSN:
380-45
YOM:
1976
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a local training flight at Pastaza Airport consisting of touch-and-go maneuvers. Following several circuits, the crew decided to complete a full stop landing followed by a go-around procedure. After touchdown on runway 30, the aircraft deviated to the left then veered off runway at high speed, struck an embankment and came to rest in bushes. Both crew members escaped with minor injuries while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Loss of control upon landing after one of the reversers failed for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Nord 2501D Noratlas near Shell Mera: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 24, 1980
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HC-AXK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
137
YOM:
1957
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances while approaching Shell Mera-Río Amazonas Airport. Both pilots were killed.

Crash of a Vickers 785D Viscount near Shell: 57 killed

Date & Time: Apr 23, 1979 at 0745 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HC-AVP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Quito - Cuenca
MSN:
329
YOM:
1957
Flight number:
EH011
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
52
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
57
Circumstances:
The four engine airplane departed Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport at 0708LT on a schedule service (EH011) to Cuenca. While cruising at an altitude of 18,000 in clouds, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain and disappeared from radar screens. SAR operations were initiated but eventually abandoned few day slater as no trace of the aircraft nor the 57 occupants was found. The wreckage was located about 5 years later in a mountainous area located in the region of Shell-Mera, province of Pastaza.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain. At the time of the accident, the airplane was off course by 25 nm for undetermined reasons.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-45-DK in Pastaza: 9 killed

Date & Time: Sep 16, 1965 at 1102 LT
Operator:
Registration:
HC-AFQ
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Coca – Pastaza
MSN:
17009/34272
YOM:
1945
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
4946
Copilot / Total flying hours:
330
Aircraft flight hours:
10982
Circumstances:
The aircraft took off from Coca Airport at 1020 hours local time on a scheduled domestic flight to Pastaza, a distance of 100 miles. The flight was to take approximately 45 minutes. At 1052 hours the pilot reported over Arajuno, approximately 12 minutes before its ETA at Pastaza, indicating that he was flying at 4 500 ft, mainly IFR. Thereafter the weather conditions further deteriorated and the aircraft finally entered a poor weather zone with continuous rain. At approximately 1102 hours it collided with trees and then crashed. Two passengers survived while 9 other occupants were killed, among them all three crew members.
Probable cause:
The accident was due to adverse weather conditions and imprudence on the part of the pilot who changed from VFR to IFR flight without having the requisite navigation aids for the type of flight he was carrying out. Among the contributing causes were the following: failure to consult the weather report and errors in the airline office, possible overconfidence on the part of the pilot in that he carried out the flight knowing that the radio beacon was inoperative, and presumed negligence on the part of the airport commandant, who failed to declare the aerodrome closed when conditions were below the meteorological minima.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-21A Goose into the Río Pastaza: 2 killed

Date & Time: Apr 28, 1949
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HC-SBV
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
1018
YOM:
1937
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a test flight when the seaplane crashed in unknown circumstances into the Río Pastaza. Both crew members were killed.
Crew:
Cpt Fergusson, pilot,
F/O Harold Riggs, flight engineer.