Teniente Coronel Luis A. Mantilla International Airport

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Teniente Coronel Luis A. Mantilla International Airport
Airport type Public
Location Tulcán, Ecuador
Elevation AMSL 9,649 ft / 2,941 m
Coordinates 00°48′35″N 77°42′30″W / 0.80972°N 77.70833°W / 0.80972; -77.70833
TUA is located in Ecuador
Location of airport in Ecuador
Direction Length Surface
m ft
05/23 2,460 8,071 Asphalt
Sources: GCM[1] Google Maps[2]

Teniente Coronel Luis A. Mantilla International Airport (IATA: TUA, ICAO: SETU) is a high elevation airport serving Tulcán, capital of the Carchi Province of Ecuador.

The Ipiales VOR-DME (Ident: IPI) is located 3.18 nautical miles (5.9 km) northeast of the airport, across the border in Colombia. The Tulcan non-directional beacon (Ident: TLC) is located 0.86 nautical miles (1.6 km) off the approach end of Runway 24.[3][4] There is rising terrain in all quadrants.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

TAME Flight 120, a Boeing 727-100, en route from Quito, Ecuador, crashed into the side of the Cumbal Volcano, nearby Teniente Airport on 28 January 2002. There were no survivors of the 87 passengers and 7 crew on board. The crash was caused by the aircraft's pilot flying at an inappropriate speed for approach, which caused it to go off-course from the airport and crash into the volcano. This was one of the deadliest incidents involving TAME after a Boeing 737-200 on a similar route crashed killing all 117 on board.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Airport information for Tulcán at Great Circle Mapper.
  2. ^ Google Maps - Tulcán
  3. ^ Tulcan NDB
  4. ^ Ipiales VOR
  5. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety. Retrieved 9 April 2010.

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