SAETA Flight 232

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

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 not found for 26 years. In February 2003 the aircraft and the bodies of all its 59 occupants were found by Ecuadorian climbers who were exploring a new route to Chimborazo's summit.[2]


  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. 

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