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Helicopter crashes into a house in Maquiteria

The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) confirmed that a model AS-350 Eurocopter helicopter, registration number N-146AE, belongs to the Pollos Cibao company, as reported in El Caribe. The helicopter, piloted by Oliver Gutierrez, plummeted onto the roof of a small house in Maquiteria, a poor neighborhood near the Columbus Lighthouse in Santo Domingo East at around 3:30pm on Wednesday, 2 September 2015. The helicopter was totally destroyed but the pilot survived and was taken to the nearby Dario Contreras Trauma Hospital by a 911 Emergency Service ambulance. A statement from IDAC says that the pilot, who had taken off from Punta Cana, was heading to the La Isabela International Airport in northern Santo Domingo. An investigation into the causes of the accident is underway.

Nevertheless, Diario Libre reports that the injured pilot was stripped of nearly all his belongings, including his tennis shoes and wallet by the first people to arrive on the scene. A Police report says that his gun, cell phone, a ring and his wallet were stolen.

Diario Libre reported that the houses in Villa Duarte that were damaged in the crash were also looted. Hoy reported that at least 22 people have been arrested in connection with the theft and looting.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Sep 3, 2015

UPDATE: Three arrested following copter crash

The police have arrested three men in connection with the theft of the pilot’s possessions and looting the houses affected by the helicopter crash earlier this week. One of those arrested was found in possession of the pilot’s gold chain, as reported in

The Police reported that the pilot’s empty wallet was later found inside the wreck of the helicopter.

In a TV interview, Yoquisis Jimenez, the owner of the house that was crashed into by the helicopter, said that she thought her house was being hit by another hurricane. She said she had been taking a nap when she heard the deafening noise. She said she lost consciousness when her roof caved in. She had sent her child to school and was at home alone that afternoon, and thanked God for being alive. She said that she and her family had moved to her mother’s house and that barrio dwellers had stolen most of their possessions. She was in the house to try to retrieve the remaining items that had not been stolen. Her spouse, Dayan E. Guerrero, complained that all the media focus is on the helicopter and not on them. He complained that the house is full of fuel.

Another video shows the looters in the house and the pilot being rescued. He was taken to the Dario Contreras Trauma Hospital with leg injuries.

Diario Libre reports that the 33-year old pilot Oliver Gutierrez Hiraldo is recovering in Plaza de la Salud, and that although one of his legs is not broken, it has been put in a cast. According to news reports, the crashed helicopter belongs to Pollos Cibao.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

Sep 4, 2015

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