Dominicana DC-9 air disaster

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Dominicana de Aviación DC-9
Accident summary
Date February 15, 1970
Site Caribbean Sea near Las Américas Int'l Airport
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Passengers 97
Crew 5
Fatalities 102 (all)
Aircraft type McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Operator Dominicana de Aviación
Registration HI-177
Flight origin Las Américas Int'l Airport
Destination Luis Muñoz Marín Int'l Airport

The Dominicana de Aviación Santo Domingo DC-9 air disaster occurred on February 15, 1970 when a Dominicana de Aviación (Dominican Airlines) McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 twin-engine jet airliner crashed shortly after taking off from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The crash killed all 102 passengers and crew on board.[1]


The aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 registered HI-177, had been built by McDonnell Douglas the previous year. It had been in service with Dominicana for less than a month when it crashed.[1][2]


The jetliner was on an international flight from Las Américas International Airport near Santo Domingo, to San Juan's Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. It took off at about 6:30pm. Two minutes after departure one of its engines lost power. The aircraft then descended until it hit the sea.[1] There were no survivors among the 97 passengers and five crew members on board.[1]

Notable victims[edit]

Among the dead were former world boxing champion Carlos Cruz, his wife and their two children; and twelve members of Puerto Rico's women's national volleyball team.[3]


Dominicana suspended its operations immediately after the crash; reportedly four of its mechanics were arrested as well.[2] In addition, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned Dominicana aircraft from operating to the United States. The ban was lifted later in the year after Dominicana leased a replacement DC-9 aircraft, to be flown by crews from Spanish airline Iberia.[2][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d D. Gero (2005-05-21). "ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 HI-177 Santo Domingo". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "FAA Suspends Dominicana", Flight International, 19 March 1970, p.421 (online archive version) retrieved 16 November 2012
  3. ^ Crash stills title hopes
  4. ^ "Dominicana to Resume", Flight International, 16 April 1970, p.615 (online archive version) retrieved 16 November 2012

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