On January 17, 2002, at 1612 universal coordinated time (UTC), a Fairchild FH-227 transport category twin-engine airplane, Ecuadorian registration HC-AYM, was destroyed upon impact with terrain under unknown circumstances, near El Tigre, in the Republic of Colombia. The two airline rated pilots, 3 additional crewmembers, and 21passengers aboard the airplane were fatally injured. The airplane, serial number 511, was owned by the Government of Ecuador and was being operated by Petroecuador of Quito, Ecuador. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the route of flight for the passenger flight for which a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed. The domestic flight originated from the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador, at 1538 UTC, with Lago Agrio, in the Province of Sucumbios, Ecuador, as its intended destination.

The last radio contact with the airplane was made with the Lago Agrio airport at 1558 UTC. The airplane was scheduled to arrive at Lago Agrio at 1612 UTC. The wreckage of the airplane was located 3 days after the accident at the 11,500 foot level of the El Tigre mountain, approximately 5 nautical miles inside the territory of the Republic of Colombia, and 50 nautical miles from its intended destination. Both recorders were recovered from the accident site on March 1, 2002.

The accident investigation was delegated to the Government of Ecuador from the Republic of Colombia. The investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Government of the Republic of Ecuador. Any further information may be obtained from:

Republica del Ecuador
Direccion General de Aviacion Civil (DGAC)
Buenos Aires 149 y 10 de Agosto
P.O. Box 2077
Quito, Ecuador

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from the DGAC of the Republic of Ecuador.

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