A small plane attempting to land minutes after beginning a flight to Florida crashed in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, killing all nine people aboard, including Puerto Rican music producer José Ángel Hernández, the aircraft’s operating company reported.
Helidosa Aviation Group said on its Twitter account that the Gulfstream jet was carrying two crew members and seven passengers.
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The plane had departed from El Higüero airport shortly before seeking to land at Las Americas International Airport in the Dominican Republic’s capital, Santo Domingo, the company said. The company gave no details on why the pilots aborted the flight or possible causes of the crash.
The airport shut down operations after the accident, canceling hundreds of flights.
Hernández, 38, better known as “Flow La Movie,” produced Urban Latin songs such as “Te Boté” by Bad Bunny and Ozuna. He also produced “La Jeepeta” by Nio Garcia, Brray and Juanka and “Wow Remix,” in which artists Bryant Myers, Arcangel, Nicky Jam, El Alfa and Darell participated.
Helidosa Aviation said Hernandez was accompanied by six relatives and colleagues. It identified them as Debbie Von Marie Jimenez Garcia, Keilyan Hernandez, Hayden Hernandez, Yeilianys Jeishlimar Melendez Jimenez and Jesiel Yabdiel Silva. The crew members were Luis Alberto Eljuri and Víctor Emilio Herrera, the company said.
The Associated Press reported the flight was headed to Orlando, but Helidosa Aviation Group said the plane was bound for Miami.
Comunicado - Miércoles 15 de dic. de 2021 pic.twitter.com/jm1O9b98gr— Helidosa Aviation Group (@Helidosa) December 16, 2021