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The Date: Sept. 16 2011

The Time: 7:00 PM Local -- 00:00Z Sept. 17

The Place: Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador


"Taming 35"


Flight EQ148t

On The Scene At Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito

July 11 2011

One of 3 TAME Embraer ERJ-190 - In Better Days

What Is TAME?

The Ecuadorian Air Force -- Making Your Travel Dreams Come True

The creation of TAME (Transportes Aereos Militares Ecuatorianos) is the result of a clever fusion between the need for the Ecuadorian Air Force to finance itself and the decision to offer transport services to the most remote regions of the country. There was a pressing need to achieve a high standard in the training skills of the Air Force pilots, which also meant great expenses in the training. Another important reason was that national integration was essential, especially in the most remote regions of the country, where the communication channels were minimal or nonexistent. Therefore, these factors inspired Colonel Luis A. Ortega to propose the creation of an Ecuadorian Air Force Airline.

The dissertation he wrote in order to obtain his promotion to Major included the organizational outline, operation costs, routes and the objectives of the airline. The Colonel's proposal had the complete support of the Commanding General of the Ecuadorian Air Force, Colonel Guillermo Freile Posso, who gave the authorization to start the creation of TAME. As Colonel Ortega recalls "Our goals have always been ambitious, we want to work with energy and dedication in order to place TAME as the most important airline in Ecuador." Gradually, TAME grew both in infrastructure and clients. The resources obtained from the most profitable routes were invested in the improvement of the fleet, facilities and other necessary elements needed in order to have an adequate operation of the airline.

TAME is the perfect image of a successful company, which is visible in its infrastructure growth. During its early beginnings, they conducted domestic air flights with World War II vintage C-47 aircraft. Over the next couple of years, DC-3 and DC-6 planes were incorporated.

TAME now has 9 brand new planes: 3 Airbus A 320-233Y and 1 Airbus A 319. In March 2006, the first 2 Embraer ERJ-170 arrived, then in June 2006, the first Embraer ERJ-190. Later that year, on December 2007, two more models of the ERJ-190 arrived to the country.. In 2008, 3 A320 were returned to the lesser due to the increase of the lease of the planes. In replacement for these planes, TAME received two Airbus A320. On August 25, 2008, one Airbus A319 was incorporated into the fleet, which increased the TAME's fleet capacity. Two months later, TAME received an Airbus A320, which replaced one of the original A320. On August 25, 2009; TAME received a brand new Airbus A320, with this plane; TAME finished its fleet renovation process.

The Prolog To Disaster -- A New Miracle?


Many of our recent photo features have brought you stories of tragic air losses where -- against all odds -- passengers & crews walked away from the wreckage. We will never forget the January 2009 "Miracle On The Hudson" when US Airways Flight 1549 survived it's 3 minute flight -- and was successfully landed in the Hudson River of New York with the courage and skill of Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III. The "Miracle" was simply stated: there were no fatalities. Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, III performed the improbable!

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle On The Hudson" -- Includes The Complete History of Aircraft Water Landings

Just 42 days later there was to be the "Miracle At Schipol" As Captain Hasan Tahsin Arisan brought his Turkish Airlines B737-800 down in a muddy farming field, short of a safe landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol International Airport. Miracle? Again, that's the only definition when 127 souls survived a horrendous impact from which no one should have walked away. Actually, about 30 of the 127 survivors did just that -- walked away with no deaths.

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle At Schipol"

The next major miracle was to happen when an American Airlines plane with more than 150 people on board overshot the runway on the night of Dec. 22 2009, while landing in heavy rain in Kingston, Jamaica, injuring more than 40 people. Flight 331 took off from Miami International Airport at 8:52 p.m. ET and arrived at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport at 10:22 p.m. ET. The flight originated at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. It was carrying 148 passengers and six crew members. Even though the Boeing 737-800 broke into three sections -- all walked away -- another absolute miracle'

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Indeed, 2009 was the year of aviation miracles!

By 2011, some of this amazing luck has apparently weakened.

Our Photo Feature: "Minor Miracle On The Obi"

A Next Miracle? -- Can the lucky streak continue?

On Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 a Brazilian built Embraer E-190 twin jet aircraft, registration HC-CEZ performing a domestic flight EQ-148 from Loja to Quito, in Ecuador attempted a routine evening landing.

The condition at Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport that night was raining at sundown. All normal. But the landing on Runway 35 would not be.

This feature deals with two concepts:"Taming 35" ........ and ....... of course ....... as always ....... "Ship Happens! ©"

Michael S. McDaniel - Your Editor

Flight EQ-148 Has Ended In The Mud, Off Runway 35

From The Cargo Letter - Sept. 16 2011
A TAME Embraer ERJ-190, registration HC-CEZ on a domestic flight EQ-148 from Loja to Quito in Ecuador with 97 passengers and 4 crew, landed on Quito's runway 35 in rain at around 19:00L (00:00Z Sep 17th) but could not stop on the runway. The aircraft went over soft ground, through the localizer antenna and came to a stop at the airport perimeter wall about 275 meters/900 feet past the end of Runway 35.

A La Hora Newsphoto Shows The Virtual End of TAME Flight EQ-148

TAME Flight EQ-148 Overran Runway 35 By A Considerable Distance

The Cross Country "Journey" Was A Wild Ride. Quite Clearly, Runway 35 Has Not Been Tamed.

Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport Is Considered One of The World's Most Dangerous (see below)

How Could Anyone Have Survived?

97 Passenger & 4 Crew All Walked Away -- The Lucky Streak Continues!

The Embraer E-190 Has Flown It's Last Mile -- A Salvage May Be Limited To Seat & Airline Magazines

Normally, The Wings of An Embraer E-190 Do Not Fold For Storage

La Hora Newsphoto

Can You See It?

There It Is -- In The Center of Your Picture -- Runway 35.

Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport Is Located In The Center of A City., Surrounded By Mountains. A Dangerous Combination.

From The Cargo Letter - Sept. 16 2011
Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Spanish: Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre) (IATA: UIO, ICAO: SEQU) is the international airport serving Quito, the capital city of Ecuador.

It is named after Venezuelan born Antonio José de Sucre, known as the "Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho" (English: "Grand Marshal of Ayacucho"), a hero of Ecuadorian and Latin American independence. It began operations in 1960, and currently handles about 3.9 million passengers and 125,000 metric tons of freight per year. The airport, one of the highest in the world (at 2800 meters AMSL) is located in the northern part of the city, in the Chaupicruz parish, within 5 minutes of Quito's financial center; the terminals are located at the intersection of Amazonas and La Prensa avenues.

Due to its location -- in the middle of a city surrounded by mountains -- the current airport cannot be expanded to accommodate any larger aircraft or an increase in air traffic. Its operation poses higher risks, too; seven serious accidents and several incidents have taken place in recent years. A new airport is being built in the Tababela parish, about 18 km to the east of the city. This is being constructed by a private consortium and is slated to begin operations in November 2011.

The airport charges an international departure tax of US$40.80. As of March 1, 2009, this fee is no longer paid at the airport, it is now included in all international airfares since February 2011.


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The Dedication of This Feature Is Simple: To The Pilots & Crew of TAME Flight EQ-148 And Their Very Lucky Families.

SPECIAL NOTE: The historic dangers of carriage by air & sae continue to be quite real. Shippers must be encouraged to purchase high quality marine cargo insurance from their freight forwarder or customs broker

It's very dangerous out there.


Important Links To Our Feature:

The Year of The Air Miracles - 2009

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle On The Hudson" -- Includes The Complete History of Aircraft Water Landings

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle At Schipol"

Our Photo Feature: "Miracle At Kingston"

The Minor Air Miracle of 2011

Our Photo Feature: "Minor Miracle On The Obi"

La Hora National News of Ecuador

Embraer E-190

TAME Airline

City of Quito, Ecuador

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Thanks To Our Contributors For The "Taming 35" Feature

Our Contributor for this feature is:
  Our "Doc" - the faithful & enlightened source who must remain anonymous
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