40 Years ago today: On 23 April 1979 a SAETA Vickers Viscount went missing on a Quito-Cuenca flight; killing all 57 occupants.
|Date:||Monday 23 April 1979|
|Type:||Vickers 785D Viscount|
|C/n / msn:||329|
|First flight:||1957-06-23 (21 years 10 months)|
|Engines:||4 Rolls-Royce Dart 510|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52|
|Total:||Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Pastaza Province ( Ecuador)|
|Crash site elevation:||5500 m (18045 feet) amsl|
|Phase:||En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Quito-Mariscal Sucre Airport (UIO/SEQU), Ecuador|
|Destination airport:||Cuenca Airport (CUE/SECU), Ecuador|
Went missing on a Quito-Cuenca flight and was found 5 years later on high ground, 25nm off track at an elevation of 18000 feet.
The aircraft departed Quito at 07:08 in the morning and was expected to land at Cuenca at 08:00.