On September 9, 2004, approximately 1730 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-25-235 agricultural airplane, Ecuadorian registration HC-AIF, was destroyed upon impact with terrain following a loss of control while maneuvering during an aerial application flight near Santa Rosa, Province of El Oro, in the Republic of Ecuador. The commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by Aviasa S.A. of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The flight, which originated from the Guayaquil International Airport, was the pilot's sixth aerial application flight that day.

Local authorities reported that during the sixth flight of the day, the pilot loss control of the airplane during the turn to reverse direction. The airplane, serial number 25-2570, collided the ground in a nose down attitude, while in a left turn. A post-impact fire consumed the airplane.

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

Republic of 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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