SAETA Flight 232

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SAETA Flight 232
SAETA Vickers Viscount 785 at Quito.jpg
The aircraft involved in the incident
Date 15 August 1976
Summary Suspected hijack
Site Chimborazo
Aircraft type Vickers Viscount 785D
Operator SAETA
Registration HC-ARS
Flight origin Quito, Ecuador
Destination Cuenca, Ecuador
Passengers 55
Crew 4
Fatalities 59 (all)
Survivors 0

On 15 August 1976, SAETA Flight 232 en route from Quito, Ecuador, to Cuenca was reported missing while in flight. The SAETA-operated Vickers Viscount 785D carried 55 passengers and 4 crew members.

Searches of the possible crash area produced no results. A mid-route crash on the stratovolcano Chimborazo was considered to be most probable, though some speculated a guerrilla hijacking.[1]

The plane was eventually found at 5,310m in October 2002 by two members of the Nuevos Horizontes mountaineering club, Pablo Chiquiza and Flavio Armas, while exploring a new route to the summit of Chimborazo via the Garcia Moreno Glacier. However, they did not report it immediately. The discovery wasn't confirmed until February 2003, when a team hired by the television station Teleamazonas went up to film a video of the wreckage, and found human remains, newspapers from the day the plane disappeared and identification cards of known passengers.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ UPI (12 September 1976). "After a month, plane still missing". Ellensburg Daily Record. Quito, Ecuador. p. 5.
  2. ^ Associated Press (19 February 2003). "Plane crash's frozen victims found 27 years later". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ "Restos de 59 víctimas de accidente de avión descansarán entre la nieve". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  4. ^ "Se confirma que hallazgo de avión fue el año pasado" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-05-23.

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