Ecuadorean jetliner skids off runway landing in heavy rain

  • Two people taken off TAME Airlines plane on stretchers and hospitalised
  • The accident forced a shutdown of operations at Cuenca Airport, Ecuador
  • Airline has confirmed it is carrying out a full investigation on the incident 

Shocking footage has emerged of passengers evacuating a plane onto the wing and down the emergency slides after the aircraft slid off the runway on landing in Ecuador.

Two people who were taken off the jet on stretchers had to be hospitalised.

It is believed heavy rain caused the Embraer 190 jet, operated by Ecuadorian airline TAME, to slide off the tarmac on to grass. There were 93 people on board, 87 of them passengers. 

Passengers were filmed evacuating from the aircraft by the emergency slide and onto the grass
It is unknown whether the two people who were injured were hurt by the landing or the evacuation

Passengers were filmed evacuating the aircraft via the emergency slide and onto the grass

The TAME Airlines flight came off the runway and into the grass at Cuenca Airport in Ecuador

The TAME Airlines flight came off the runway and into the grass at Cuenca Airport in Ecuador

It is believed heavy rain caused the Embraer 190 jet, operated by Ecuadorian airline TAME, to slide off the tarmac

It is believed heavy rain caused the Embraer 190 jet, operated by Ecuadorian airline TAME, to slide off the tarmac

One video shot nearby shows the plane surrounded by smoke, while another was taken on the tarmac and shows the passengers evacuating the aircraft by the emergency slide. 

Other flyers are filmed making their way out onto the wing from another emergency exit.

Cuenca Airport said on its Twitter account that the plane was arriving from the capital of Quito when the incident took place around 8am local time yesterday (Thursday).

The two passengers who were taken to hospital are believed to have suffered minor injuries.

The accident forced a shutdown of operations at the airport.

TAME Airlines released a statement following the incident in which they said they are carrying out an investigation to determine what led to the plane sliding off the runway

TAME Airlines released a statement following the incident in which they said they are carrying out an investigation to determine what led to the plane sliding off the runway

One person is filmed being put onto a stretcher after being safely escorted from the plane

One person is filmed being put onto a stretcher after being safely escorted from the plane

Two people were hospitalised, but the injuries are believed to not be life threatening

Two people were hospitalised, but the injuries are believed to not be life threatening

TAME Airlines released a statement following the incident in which they said they are carrying out an investigation to determine what led to the plane sliding off the runway.

Translated from Spanish, it reads: 'During the landing phase a displacement of the aircraft off the runway at Mariscal Lamar de Cuenca airport was registered. 

'The crew of the Embraer-190 established procedures for the safe evacuation of the passengers.

'Fortunately, no one was seriously injured and there was no material damage.'

TAME is both the flag carrier and the largest airline of Ecuador, with its headquarters located in Quito, Pichincha. 

One video filmed from outside the airport shows the aircraft surrounded by smoke

One video filmed from outside the airport shows the aircraft surrounded by smoke

The emergency slides were deployed as passengers sought to make a quick exit from the jet

The emergency slides were deployed as passengers sought to make a quick exit from the jet

The Embraer aircraft was met by emergency services after heavy rain saw it veer off the runway

The Embraer aircraft was met by emergency services after heavy rain saw it veer off the runway

TAME is both the flag carrier and the largest airline of Ecuador, with its headquarters located in Quito, Pichincha

TAME is both the flag carrier and the largest airline of Ecuador, with its headquarters located in Quito, Pichincha

 

 

 

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