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Today in Latin American History

Ecuadorian President Aguilera Died in Plane Crash in 1981

Ecuadorian President Aguilera Died in Plane Crash in 1981

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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.

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