A plane crash in Ecuador’s remote Amazon region has resulted in tragedy, killing all of the 22 soldiers on board, President Rafael Correa tweeted.
The militiamen were completing a parachuting training course when the E206 plane crashed in the Pastaza province, according to Andes info.
No hay sobrevivientes. Se nos fueron 22 soldados de la Patria.
Nuestro abrazo solidario a sus familias y a nuestras FFAA.
Es una tragedia.
— Rafael Correa (@MashiRafael) March 15, 2016
“There were no survivors. 22 of our country’s soldiers have gone. Condolences and support to their families and our Air force. It’s a tragedy”. The mandate tweeted.
Defense minister Ricardo Patiño also tweeted his response to the crash.
Lamento informar accidente avión de Ejército en labores de entrenamiento, cerca de Shell, con víctimas mortales. Me dirijo al lugar ahora
— Ricardo Patiño (@RicardoPatinoEC) March 15, 2016
“It is with regret that I inform a military plane has crashed while undertaking training close to Shell [province], resulting in fatalities. I am heading to the site now.”
Ecuadorean officials will complete a minute’s silence out of respect for the deceased.