On Friday, September 16th at 19h00 a TAME airline airplane (Embraer 190), flight no.148 from Loja to Quito, crashed into the far north safety extension region of the Quito International Airport of Mariscal Sucre. Aboard were 97 passengers and 6 crew. No victims were reported, and 11 people received medical attention.
The TAME plane ended up some 300 meters beyond the extreme end of the runway. Airport operations have been irregular subsequently due to the fact that the ILS radars, which assist inbound air traffic for runway approximation, were damaged. As a result, pilots are forced to use VOR (Voice over radio) for approximations in the meantime.
If climatic conditions (low or poor visibility etc) present themselves, flights may be forced to land at the nearest alternative airport. For this reason flights have been irregular since Friday evening.