Río Amazonas Airport

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Río Amazonas Airport
Rio Amazonas Airport aerial view.jpg
Airport type Public
Owner Ecuadorian Military
Operator Mission Aviation Fellowship
Location Shell Mera, Ecuador
Elevation AMSL 3,465 ft / 1,056 m
Coordinates 01°30′19″S 78°03′46″W / 1.50528°S 78.06278°W / -1.50528; -78.06278
PTZ is located in Ecuador
Location of the airport in Ecuador
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 1,540 5,052 Asphalt
GCM[1] Google Maps[2]

Río Amazonas Airport (IATA: PTZ, ICAO: SESM) is an airport serving Shell Mera, a town in the Pastaza Province of Ecuador. The airport was established in 1937 by Royal Dutch Shell and abandoned in 1948. In 1949 the Mission Aviation Fellowship, a Christian missionary group, established themselves in the area and used the airport as their main base.

The Pastaza VOR-DME (Ident: PAV) is located 0.91 nautical miles (1.69 km) off the approach threshold of Runway 30. The Pastaza non-directional beacon (Ident: PTZ) is located 0.78 nautical miles (1.44 km) off the same runway.[3][4]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

In March 2016, a military plane taking off from Amazonas Airport crashed in Pastaza province, killing all 22 soldiers aboard.[5][6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for Río Amazonas at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Google Maps - Río Amazonas
  3. ^ Pastaza VOR
  4. ^ Pastaza NDB
  5. ^ "EL MUNDO - Diario Líder de Información en Bolivia - Evo expresa sus condolencias por la muerte de 22 militares en Ecuador". Periódico El Mundo. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  6. ^ UNIVERSO, EL. "Un avión con 22 personas se accidenta en Pastaza, no hay sobrevivientes". El Universo (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  7. ^ "Tragedia en Ecuador; 22 soldados fallecen en accidente de avión militar en la Amazonía | ANDES". www.andes.info.ec. Retrieved 2016-03-22.

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