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News Digest: Ecuador hosts drug patrols.

QUITO: US planes have started using an airfield on Ecuador's coast for drug patrols to replace a closed air base in Panama, US Embassy officials said yesterday.

The first flight arrived on Tuesday at the airfield in the town of Manta, 170 miles south-east of Quito, embassy spokesman Mr Mark Krischik said.

The US reached six-month deals to use airfields in Manta and the Dutch islands of Aruba and Curacao to fill the hole left by the closing of Howard Air Force Base.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 8, 1999
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