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F27 Missing In Ecuador.

Old 18th Jan 2002, 02:50
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Unhappy F27 Missing In Ecuador.

Rumours of an F27 missing in Ecuador.

21 pax and 5 crew on board, no word yet on their fate. <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
Old 18th Jan 2002, 03:23
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A plane carrying oil workers from Ecuador's state-owned oil company was missing Thursday after failing to arrive at its destination in the Amazon jungle, a company official said.

The Fairchild F-27 aircraft was carrying 21 employees of Petroecuador and five crew members, all the people on board were Ecuadorean, according to a passenger list released by Petroecuador.

Rescue workers were searching for the plane by air and land. The twin-engine propeller plane took off from Quito at 10:30 a.m. and was headed for Lago Agrio, a jungle outpost 110 miles northeast of the capital.

The plane lost radio contact at 10:49 a.m., the Civil Aviation office said. Authorities began search operations 20 minutes later, after the aircraft did not arrive at its scheduled time.
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Rescuers Search for Missing Plane

LAGO AGRIO, Ecuador (AP) - Rescuers on foot and in helicopters searched Ecuador's rugged jungles Friday for a missing plane that was carrying 26 workers from Ecuador's state-owned oil company.

The twin-engine propeller plane lost contact Thursday morning while it was headed from Quito to this oil outpost in the Amazon jungle, 110 miles northeast of the capital.

All 21 passengers and five crew members on board were Ecuadorean, Petroecuador said.

Air Force Col. Humberto Andrade, who is directing the search operation, said an emergency radio signal had been detected Friday coming from a hill in Colombian territory along a river that divides the two countries.

The plane is believed to have lost radio contact near the Ecuadorean town of Lumbaqui, about 30 miles southeast of the border area and 35 miles west of Lago Agrio.

Farmers in the area told The Associated Press they saw a plane that matched the missing one's description flying nearby a few minutes before the Petroecuador aircraft lost contact.

"The plane was flying low. We thought it was going to crash,'' said Ramiro Acosta, 30, from the town of Pueblo Libre, about 12 miles northwest from Lumbaqui.

Foot patrols and three helicopters were combing the wooded area crisscrossed with streams and hills.
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Sadly, not good news. <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

Crashed Ecuador Plane Found, No Survivors

QUITO, Ecuador (Reuters) - Rescue teams have confirmed there were no survivors of the crash of an Ecuadorean state oil company plane that went down last week carrying 26 people, an air force official said on Wednesday.

"The Petroecuador plane was found at 6:20 p.m. in El Tigre hill, in Colombian territory,'' air force rescue operation coordinator, Humberto Andrade, told Radio Quito. "There are no survivors.''

Parts of the plane were found in an area known as El Tigre, about three miles across Ecuador's border in the Colombian jungle, about 81 miles northeast of Quito.

The twin-engine Fairchild plane disappeared last Thursday on a routine flight that shuttled Petroecuador oil workers from Quito to the Amazon. There were 21 passengers and five crew members aboard the flight.

Rescuers spent six days scouring the dense Amazon jungle for the plane. It was spotted on Sunday at El Tigre, but rainy weather limited visibility and made aerial patrols difficult.

According to Petroecuador, the passengers were all company employees or contract workers. They were all Ecuadoreans.
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Old 25th Jan 2002, 12:51
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Sorry to hear that, there's always hope until you know for sure.

Somthing reminds me of another F27, but in the Andes mountains ... which they did not find as quickly, yet it did had survivors.
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Old 25th Jan 2002, 13:08
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Also very sorry to hear that, may they all Rest In Peace. <img src="frown.gif" border="0">

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