Venezuela747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1440 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 4048 times:
I am not to aware on what is going on with the coup on the president from Ecuador, but AA cancelled all its flight today April 20th and then when I checked the airports website http://www.quitoairport.com a lot of flights seem to be cancelled or delayed.
ust wnated to let ya'll know and if you could provide some more information
Summa767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2616 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3845 times:
Iberia diverted its Quito flight to Bogotá yesterday.
Avianca cancelled its afternoon and evening flights to Quito, but operated normally its 2200 to Guayaquil. 4 AV flights are scheduled to leave Bogota for Quito today.
Planenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3492 times:
According to BBC World Service the airport was closed after the Ecuadorian congress removed the president from office. It was to prevent him from fleeing the country. As he was unable to leave, he instead went to the Brazilian embassy to seek political asylum and the Brazilian ambassador is negotiating for his passage out of the country.
Airportmanager From Ecuador, joined Mar 2001, 558 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3402 times:
Just to clear off doubts. The reason why UIO was closed, is simply the craziest thing I have ever seen in my life! (GYE closed beacuse they didnt want the president to escape through there) This is what happened:
As mentioned before, the president tried to escape, a EJERCITO helicopter (Gazel) picked him up from the palace and went to UIO. A crazy guy came with a Chevrolet Blazer and knocked over UIO's fence and about 1000 cars entered the RWY and 1000 people also.
The president boarded this aircraft:
The pilot taxied at about 55knots to RWY 17, and due to weather he couldnt take off, it was there when all the people entered the RWY and layed down on the RWY and the cars sorrounded the airplane so the plane couldnt take off!
NOTE: IS THIS AMAZING OR WHAT!?
The plane returned to the Air Force base and the helicopter flew back there and picked him up again and flew him to a military base where the people couldnt get him.
Then more people, and more cars entered the RWY and started racing and sounding there horns with Ecuador flags flashing and so much more. Airport security couldnt do anything else than watch..... A friend of mine, Fellow UIO spotter got in and made pics, ill get the pics later. You wouldnt believe it.
I talked with UIO security and airport manager and they said they closed the airport because a plane couldnt land with people on the RWY!! So, at 19:00 local planes started to land again.
Ironically enough, I sold my cam a week ago, an my Olympus C-770 hasnt arrived yet. Hope you liked this story. More like a dream ehh?
And yeah, hes in the BRAZIL embassy, honestly, I dont know how the Brazilian President can accept such a criminal in his country. What a shame.