7.45 a.m .: Over a hundred French people stranded in Ecuador
Some 300 Europeans, more than half of them French, were stranded on Wednesday in Guayaquil, epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Ecuador and the most affected city in Latin America, following an airplane crash, sources said. concordant. The plane of the Spanish company Air Europa bound for Paris “apparently had a breakdown and it was decided to disembark the passengers. They’re going to be staying here “in Guayaquil (southwest), said airport spokesman Daniela Arosemena.
The French Ambassador to Quito, Jean-Baptiste Chauvin, indicated that the problem “was detected on land” and that the plane was carrying around 300 Europeans, including around 170 French, in addition to the Spaniards, Germans and Italians and a dozen other nationalities. The flight, organized by the French government, first landed in Quito, where it had loaded passengers, before stopping in Guayaquil, then heading for Paris, according to the embassy.
The diplomatic mission had previously announced that “the objective of this flight was to allow French citizens and other European nationals to return to their countries” from Ecuador, which to date has more than 4,400 cases of Covid-19 , including 242 dead.