Today in Latin American History
Ecuadorian President Aguilera Died in Plane Crash in 1981
Photo: Jaime Roldós Aguilera
Today in Latin American history, Ecuadorian President Jaime Roldós Aguilera, his wife & his committee died in a plane crash in 1981.
A plane carrying the President, Minister of Defense, assistants and their spouses crashed into the Huairapungo Mountain, in Celica Canton of Loja Province. The crash left no survivors.
The controversy about the cause of the crash began immediately, when the Accident Investigation Committee (Junta Investigadora de Accidentes, JIA) of the Ecuadorian Air Force attributed the crash to pilot error, supposedly caused by an overloading with cargo.
The Zurich Police, who also conducted an investigation, concluded that the plane’s motors were shut down when the plane crashed into the mountain.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, rebel forces secured the independence of Quito, Ecuador at the Battle of Pichincha in 1822
- Today in LatAm history, U.S. General Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey, Mexico during the Mexican-American War in 1846
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan footballer José Nasazzi who played on the National team was born in 1901
- Today in LatAm history, Cordón Caulle begins to erupt in the aftermath of the Great Chilean Earthquake in 1960
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican boxer Héctor Camacho who boxed in the lightweight division was born in 1962
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican bishop of Guadalajara was killed during a shootout between rival drug cartels in 1993