Nine Killed in Dominican Republic Plane Crash

A private plane crashed minutes after taking off outside Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, killing all nine people on board. 

According to local media, the victims included Puerto Rican music producer Jose Angel Hernandez, also known as Flow La Movie, his partner, Debbie Von Marie Jimenez, and his son, Jayden Hernandez. 

“This accident gives us great pain and sadness,” the company said without giving details of the cause of the accident.

The Helidosa Aviation Group said that the Gulfstream jet carrying two crew members and seven passengers had departed from El Higuero airport for Miami shortly before seeking to land at Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo.

The airport operator, Aerodom, said that the flight took off at 5:09 p.m. and crashed 16 minutes later just outside the airport’s perimeter. 

The aviation accident commission of the Dominican Republic was leading an investigation into the crash.

The incident prompted the airport to shut down operations, canceling hundreds of flights.

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