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22 killed as Ecuadorean army plane crashes in jungle

Published 16/03/2016

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said there were no survivors
Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said there were no survivors

Ecuadorean paratroopers were among 22 people killed when a military plane crashed in jungle south east of Quito.

A statement from Ecuador's army said 19 parachutists on board the Israeli-made Arava cargo plane were carrying out training exercises when the aircraft crashed about 90 miles south east of the capital.

President Rafael Correa said there were no survivors.

He tweeted: "22 soldiers of the fatherland have gone. A solidarity hug to family members and our armed forces. This is a tragedy."

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