Ecuador: At least 22 killed in army plane crashes in Amazon region
March 16, Quito: An army plane with 22 people on board has crashed in Ecuador's Amazon region, media reports said.
"There are no survivors. Our embrace of solidarity to the families and the armed forces. It is a tragedy," President Rafael Correa said on Twitter (in Spanish).
According to the reports, 19 of the people on board were Ecuadoran soldiers travelling for a parachuting exercise.
The Israeli-built Arava plane crashed at 14:30 local time (19:30 GMT) in the eastern province of Pastaza.
The cause of the accident is unknown.
EFE news agency reported that there were also two pilots and one mechanic on board.
Defence Minister Ricardo Patino and rescue teams are travelling to the area.
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