A chartered plane bound for Miami crashed minutes after takeoff Wednesday night in the Dominican Republic, killing all nine on board, including a prominent Puerto Rican music producer and members of his family.
The Gulfstream IV-Sp plane crashed as it attempted an emergency landing at the International Airport of the Americas in the capital Santo Domingo, officials told reporters.
The aircraft operator, Helidosa Aviation Group, identified one of the victims as José Ángel Hernández. Music industry media and the Spanish-speaking news media identified him as the Puerto Rican music producer known as Flow La Movie.
Helidosa said in a report that the other passengers killed were Debbie Von Marie Jiménez García, Jayden Hernández, Kellyan Hernández Pena, Yeilianys Jeishlimar Meléndez Jiménez, Jassiel Yabdiel Silva and Veronica Estrella. Two crew members, Luis Alberto Eljuri and Victor Emilio Herrera, were also among the dead, the aircraft operator said.
Music industry media identified Ms Jiménez García as the 38-year-old producer’s wife and said their child was killed in the crash.
People Magazine and some local media reported that Ms. Estrella’s uncle was Eduardo Estrella, the President of the Senate of the Dominican Republic.
The airline said that one of the seven passengers had Dominican nationality and the rest were foreigners.
Mr. Hernández was best known for producing “Te Boté,” a song that became a hit on Latin radio in the United States three years ago.
His production company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Representatives from Helidosa and Mr. Estrella’s office could not be reached immediately for comment either.
Ricardo Montaner, an Argentinian-Venezuelan pop singer, and Marguerite Cedeño, former vice-president of the Dominican Republic, were among the Latin American public figures who cried the tragedy Wednesday night.
“Peace to their souls and strength to their families,” Ms. Cedeño wrote on Twitter.