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Ecuadorean Jet Crashes in Andes With 92 Aboard

January 29, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

An Ecuadorean jetliner carrying 92 people, including seven children, crashed in Colombia in the fogbound Andes, airline officials said.

The Boeing 727-100 from TAME, an Ecuadorean carrier, was heading from the capital, Quito, to Tulcan, 110 miles northeast. It crashed near Ipiales, Colombia, just over the border from Tulcan, TAME spokeswoman Toa Quirola said.

However, Colombian aviation officials who searched the border area said they were unable to find the crash site. They said they would resume the search today.

A Colombian air force spokeswoman said authorities were ruling out a possible rebel attack on the plane.

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