In this Jan. 10, 2013 photo, a plane takes off from the Mariscal Sucre airport, seen behind a gate, in Quito, Ecuador. In addition to the cramped runway and nearby mountains, which force a steep angle of approach, the airport sits at an elevation of nearly 8,700 feet (2,850 meters), an oxygen-thin altitude that diminishes aircraft performance on takeoff and landing. Mariscal Sucre airport sat amid cornfields when it was christened in 1960 and is set to close on Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

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In this Jan. 10, 2013 photo, a plane takes off from the Mariscal Sucre airport, seen behind a gate, in Quito, Ecuador. In addition to the cramped runway and nearby mountains, which force a steep angle of approach, the airport sits at an elevation of nearly 8,700 feet (2,850 meters), an oxygen-thin altitude that diminishes aircraft performance on takeoff and landing. Mariscal Sucre airport sat amid cornfields when it was christened in 1960 and is set to close on Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
In this Jan. 10, 2013 photo, a plane takes off from the Mariscal Sucre airport, seen behind a gate, in Quito, Ecuador. In addition to the cramped runway and nearby mountains, which force a steep angle of approach, the airport sits at an elevation of nearly 8,700 feet (2,850 meters), an oxygen-thin altitude that diminishes aircraft performance on takeoff and landing. Mariscal Sucre airport sat amid cornfields when it was christened in 1960 and is set to close on Feb. 19. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
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