Santo Domingo plane crash: nine dead in Dominican Republic

Two children and Puerto Rican music producer Flow La Movie among fatalities

Emergency personnel and authorities patrol in the vicinity of Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on December 15. A plane with nine people on board crashed onto one of the runways while trying to make an emergency landing. EPA

Nine people, including Puerto Rican music producer Flow La Movie, died on Wednesday when a private plane crashed at the Las Americas airport in the Dominican Republic capital Santo Domingo, the aircraft's owner Helidosa said.

Helidosa “regrets the tragic accident on one of its planes at Las Americas airport … in which tragically all of the crew and passengers died,” the company said.

Music producer Jose Angel Hernandez, who went by the name Flow La Movie and was known for hits like Te bote, was listed as one of the victims.

Local media said Mr Hernandez's partner and his son were among the dead. Two of the dead were children aged four and 13.

Security officials said the six passengers on board were American citizens. The crew was made up of two pilots and a flight steward.

The State Department said it was aware of reports that six Americans had died. “Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment on specific cases,” an official said.

The Gulfstream plane crashed when it attempted to make an emergency landing due to a malfunction after taking off for the US state of Florida from another airport near the Dominican Republic capital, local media reported.

Updated: December 16th 2021, 7:47 AM