Twenty-two people are feared dead after an Ecuadorean military plane crashed southeast of the capital of Quito.

The exact number of fatalities is unknown. Ecuador's army says in a statement that the Israeli-made Arava cargo plane was being used for parachute training when it crashed Tuesday about 145 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of the capital.

President Rafael Correa's official Twitter account expressed "deep sorrow" and said he was waiting for a full report on possible victims.