Dominicana DC-9 air disaster
|Date||February 15, 1970|
|Site||Caribbean Sea near Las Américas Int'l Airport
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Aircraft type||McDonnell Douglas DC-9|
|Operator||Dominicana de Aviación|
|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.
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. There were no survivors among the 97 passengers and five crew members on board.
Dominicana suspended its operations immediately after the crash; reportedly four of its mechanics were arrested as well. 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.
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- Crash stills title hopes
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