Small Plane Crash in Eastern Dominican Republic Kills Seven
A civil aviation official in the Dominican Republic says a small plane has crashed, killing all seven people on board.
Civil Aviation Institute spokesman Hector Olivo says the plane crashed shortly after taking off today from the airport in the Punta Cana resort area on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic.
The single-engine Piper PA-32 was headed to the Samana Peninsula off the north coast with a pilot and six passengers.
The plane was apparently attempting to make an emergency landing when it struck the ground in a golf course adjacent to the airport and burst into flames.
Local police said four of the passengers were tourists from Spain and two were from Britain. The pilot was from the Dominican Republic.
Civil aviation officials were dispatched to the scene and are investigating the cause of the crash.
April 20, 2015
UPDATE: Dominican police identify 7 victims of small plane crash
Authorities in the Dominican Republic are identifying the seven people who died in a small plane crash in the Caribbean country. Police said Tuesday that the victims were Dominican pilot Hector Sorian; Chileans Franco Antonio Urbina Parraguez and Vanessa Nicole Hernandez Caceres; Spaniards Javier Izquierdo Diez and Maria Dolores Villarreal Lain, and Belgians Kim Plas and Anouk Van P. The single-engine Piper PA-32 had taken off Monday from the Punta Cana airport and was headed to Samana. It crashed shortly after take-off as it tried to make an emergency landing on a golf course. The plane was operated by Sky High Aviation Services
April 21, 2015
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