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Three aircraft crashes in less than two months

Three air accidents involving two helicopters and one light aircraft have occurred in less than two months, with one military officer dead and several people injured, including an Air Force General and a prominent former government employee.

The Civil Aviation Board (JAC) and the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) are meeting with technicians to decide what action should be taken, including a thorough review process to ensure that all airplanes and helicopters used in domestic, private and fumigation flights are in good condition.

The most recent accident occurred on Monday, 22 August 2016 when a light aircraft with four tourists on board, flying from Punta Cana to Arroyo Barril in Samana had to make an emergency landing on a highway after its engine lost power. IDAC reported that a small plane, a PA-32 single-engine, registration HI-482 crash landed on the Uvero Alto highway on the way to Macao beach in northern Punta Cana just seven minutes after taking off from Punta Cana International Airport. The pilot Gustavo Ayala reported engine trouble.

In the forced landing, the airplane hit a 20-year old motorcyclist, Luis Gomez Martinez who was on his way to work at the Bahia Principe hotel.

The first accident occurred in Santiago Rodriguez province on 12 June when a helicopter carrying sports minister Jaime David Fernandez Mirabal crashed, resulting in the death of a military officer who was on board.

The second helicopter accident took place two weeks ago in Santo Domingo’s Higuero airport when it crashed, injuring its pilot General Victor Reynoso.

Source: DR1, Elnacional

Aug 24, 2016

Category: DR News |

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