Ecuador-

Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana (FAE

Aviación Naval Ecuatoriana (ANE)

 

List being compiled and all additions / amendments welcomed

   Chronological Listing of Ecuadoran Ejections

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
27th January 1979
FAE
Strike Master FAE255     MAJ M. P. Larrea
ejected
  Martin-Baker
SBTE E. Merizalde
ejected
  Martin-Baker
4th April 1980
FAE
Strike Master       TEN M. Ibarra
ejected
  Martin-Baker
9th October 1981
FAE
Strike Master FAE243     Lt. R. Penaherrera
ejected
  Martin-Baker
24th May 1981
15:00

FAE
Avro turboprop     Crashed in the Andes during rainstorm near Ecuador's southern border with Peru near the village of Guachala 9 on board killed    
                 
crew crew crew President Jaime Roldós  Aguilera
killed
President's wife, Martha Bucaram
39
Defense Minister
Maj. Gen. Marco Subia Martinez
the general's wife military aide military aide
7th March 1983
FAE
Mirage F-1JA FAE-810 2112

Taura


 Engine fire
 near Taura
 
Captain Hernan Ayala
[TEN T. Jativa ??]
  Martin-Baker
 

"Captain Ayala, despite the danger of an engine fire in flight, decided to try to return the plane to the Base and save it, but at the final approach, the plane became uncontrolable, forcing Captain Ayala to eject.
This was the very first ejection in Ecuador, made from a Supersonic fighter."
Wilson Garrido

 
7th February 1985
FAE
Kfir C-2 FAE-910 Unit: 2113
Base: Taura
birdstrike
place : Lomas de Sargentillo
Lieutenant Marco Lopez
ejected
  Martin-Baker
21st January 1988
FAE
Mirage F-1JB FAE-832 2112

Taura


 
MAJ G.Chico
ejected
  Martin-Baker
16th August 1988
FAE
Jaguar ES FAE-318 Ala 21
Taura
Crashed Flight Captain Edmundo Castro
killed
  Martin-Baker
20th April 1989
FAE
Strike Master
Mk.69
    Collision SBTE H. D. Jorge

SBTE W. E. H. Zurita

TEN C. H. E. Torres

11N Y. R. M. Fernando

  Martin-Baker
Martin-Baker
20th April 1989
FAE
Strike Master
Mk.69
    Collision   Martin-Baker
  Martin-Baker
 

 

 

This mishap happened in the mid 80's during a training mission aboard an Ecuador Air Force's BAC Strikemaster Mk-89

"Every day, we are reviewing emergency procedures and imagining dangerous situations that could happen. We are prepared for events like that, yes !, but we never really think that, one day something fatal could happen. But, even when we less expected, that day comes ! 

My story is about an experience never planned and expected. Experience that made Me get closer to the dead .

Everything started like this:  After the briefing for the day's mission, we took off with three Strikemasters, we got to the assigned area and we were doing everything normally, when after leaving from a turn  I felt a huge shock coming from under my plane. I was thinking about a possible bird strike, since  some birds were crossing the sky at the same time. I canceled immediately the normal work that I was doing and I asked to the No 2 plane of the formation flight to take a look to my plane's belly. He did, when, accompanied by a tremendous hit and the screeching sound of metal being twisted , I saw my No 2 coming out upwards from  the nose of my plane. I Watched the two pilots helmets from the other plane and is when my ordeal had begun !.


                                                                  photo and sketch via mgarrido

Sketch of the two Ecuadoran Strike Masters colliding on 20th April 1989

 

My plane started immediately to loose control . I was entering into an spin. Everything was vibrating and I was trying desperately to regain control of the aircraft. I put all of my strength in order to exit this situation. All of my knowledge and training was crossing my mind, but no matter what I was doing, I couldn't control my plane. The desperation was growing even bigger and the plane simply was not responding.

Under this situation I order ejection, I had run out of time. Maybe we only had the last second to save our life.

I removed my hands from the controls so I could pulled the ejection handle. I firmly pulled it as I was trying at the same time to get myself on the right position to exit the plane. I felt the explosion and saw the canopy flying out.

I have heard that during ejection, the pilots loose conscience but that didn't happen to Me. I desperately saw when I was being thrown out the plane and the worse of all was that I was falling with my head pointing to the ground ! due to the position the plane had at the moment of my ejection.

I was watching the ground coming closer and closer and I only was thinking that was the end of my days !, the end of my existence; My whole Life was passing through my mind as if it was a movie, thinking about that I was leaving my Home, my Family, forever !

While I was thinking about all of this, I was spinning in the air, still trapped to the ejection seat. All of the sudden, everything stop, and I was floating in the air with the parachute fully deployed. I couldn't believe it ! It was such a great joy ! I was still alive !

Immediately after I brought to my mind lessons from accidents occurred during ejection. I had to work right away and be prepared for the landing.

I dropped the surviving gear in order to protect my legs. While doing this, I looked downwards and watch it touching the ground, immediately after this it was Me, coming to Earth.

This time I was very lucky ! Thanks to God, because if I was delayed just one more second trying to save the plane and if I wouldn't hit in the lower part of the terrain, I woudn't be telling you this story.

I had jump to Life again ! I was born again !

After this experience in my life, I came back to work with more motivation than before, with a clear conviction that a human life has only one chance and an airplane can be replaced later.

Marco Yepez R.

Ecuador's Air Force, Liutenant.

reprinted the story kindly  translated and sent to me by
Wilson Fernando Garrido Chavez

 

   
22nd October 1989
FAE
Jaguar ES FAE-340 Ala 21
Taura
Crashed Flight Captain Eduardo Arias
killed
  Martin-Baker
30th March 1990


Ecuador

Jaguar ES FAE-289 Ala 21 Engine failure. Crashed Guayaquill, Ecuador Pilot ejected but did not survive    
11th April 1990
FAE
Mirage       Capt. D. Eguiguren Burneo
ejected
  Martin-Baker
13th June 1990


Ecuador

Jaguar ES FAE-349   Crashed      
8th April 1992
FAE
Mirage       Benitez
ejected
  Martin-Baker
12th August 1994
FAE
Kfir C-2 FAE-903 Unit : 2113
Base: Taura
engine failure Flame out Peninsula Santa Elena near Taura Air Base Major Juan Vivero
ejected
  Martin-Baker
 

"All three pilots ejected safely and survived.
All three planes were replaced, reason that caused a big controversy in Peru, when its Government sent a complaint to the US Department of Estate, for permitting the export of those KFIRS while a Peace process between Ecuador and Peru was taking place. (Don't forget that at the meantime, Peru was acquiering 20 Mig-29s and 18 SU-25s)"
Wilson Garrido

 
February 1995
FAE
T-33A     During Cenepa War. Non-combat accident. Crashed near Eloy Alfaro AB, near Manta, an Ocean Pacific port, in then Manabi province Capt. Garzón
ejected too low and killed
  Lockheed
Capt. Diaz
ejected too low and killed
  Lockheed
24th April 1998
FAE
Kfir C-2 FAE-913 Unit :2113
Base: Taura
bird strike on canopy while operating at low level (approach?)
place: near
 Taura AFB
Lieutenant Marco Palacios
ejected
  Martin-Baker
10th March  2001
FAE
BAe Strikemaster FAE 259 Taura AFB Flame out Taura AFB First Lieutenant Borys Reyes
ejected
  Martin-Baker
Major Frank Vargas S.
ejected
  Martin-Baker
 

"The Strikemaster had been in a routine trainning mission, when just a few minutes before landing, during an approach in bad weather, the plane experienced a flame out, forcing the pilots to eject. Both survived."
Wilson Garrido

 
21st October 2004
17:15h

FAE
 Kfir TC-2  either 931 or 932 Escuadron 2113

Taura

Bird strike. Final aproached to Taura AFB Capitan Alex Padilla
ejected with minor injures.
Martin-Baker
Capitan Patricio Velasco 
ejected with minor injures.
  Martin-Baker
Wednesday 25th March 2009
FAE
Strikemaster MK-89     Training flight in northeastern Sucumbios province. Crashed in a jungle area near the Colombian border 112 miles (180 kilometers) east of the capital, Quito     Martin-Baker
Pilot Lt. Rafael Durango
ejected safely
Died during rescue efforts*
Co-pilot
ejected safely
Martin-Baker
*Following his successful ejection Rafael Durango and his rescuer died while being hoisted into a helicopter when the cable broke.
Friday 16th March 2012
18:00
(23:00 GMT)

Ecuadorian
Army Aircraft
Casa
??
  Quito Made an emergency landing at Quito airport shortly after take off on a flight to Guayaquil 36 on board    
   
Monday 19th March 2012
17:14

Ecuadorian
Air Force
FAE
Embraer A-29 Super Tucano (ALX)   2311 or 2313
?? Squadron
[needs confirmation]


Ala de combate 23
Fighter Wing No. 23

Base Aérea Eloy Alfaro, Manta

Crashed in an uninhabited region after problems over the Eloy Alfaro Airport Manta.    
Martin-Baker BR10LCX
Capitán David Tapia
[also seen as Martínez]

ejected
Teniente Santiago Galarza
ejected

Martin-Baker BR10LCX
                 
 
 

 

                 

 The correct date is February 1995, during Cenepa War, and the correct place is Eloy Alfaro AB, near Manta, an Ocean Pacific port, in then Manabi province.

Acknowledgements

 

Members of the LAAHS

Wilson Fernando Garrido Chavez

Tom Cooper - ACIG

Virgilio Aray Arteaga

Dick Aynsley

Cesar Cruz - for updates on Kfir ejections

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