Plane Crash Kills 22 In Ecuador

At least 22 people have been killed, after an army plane reportedly crashed, in eastern Ecuador.

An army plane has crashed in Ecuador’s Amazon region, killing all 22 people on board the aircraft.

“There are no survivors. Our embrace of solidarity to the families and the armed forces. It is a tragedy,” President Rafael Correa said via social media.

Nineteen of the people on board were Ecuadorian 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.

There were also two pilots and one mechanic on board, EFE news agency reported.

Defence Minister Ricardo Patino and rescue teams are travelling to the area.

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