Dominicana Flight 603

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Dominicana Flight 603
Aero Republica Colombia McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32.jpg
A DC-9-32 similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date February 15, 1970 (1970-02-15)
Summary Engine failure followed by loss of control
Site Caribbean Sea near Las Américas Int'l Airport
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Passengers 97
Crew 5
Fatalities 102 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator Dominicana de Aviación
Registration HI-177
Flight origin Santo Domingo-Las Américas International Airport (SDQ/MDSD)
Destination San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ)

Dominicana Flight 603,[1] also known as the Dominicana de Aviación Santo Domingo DC-9 air disaster, was an international flight that suffered a fatal accident on February 15, 1970. The McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 crashed shortly after takeoff from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic en route to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The crash killed all 102 passengers and crew on board.[2] Four airline employees are believed to have been arrested in connection with the crash.

Aircraft[edit]

The aircraft, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 registered HI-177, was built by McDonnell Douglas the previous year. It had been in service with Dominicana for less than a month when it crashed.[2][3]

Accident[edit]

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.[2] There were no survivors among the 97 passengers and five crew members on board.[2]

Notable victims[edit]

Several famous passengers were among the dead, including:

  • former world lightweight boxing champion Carlos Cruz, his wife and their two children
  • Migdalia Diaz, a Puerto Rican model who assisted host Fidel Cabrera in the WAPA-TV dating program Extranos En La Noche
  • the coach and eleven players of Puerto Rico's women's national volleyball team,[4] who were returning home after a friendly game against the Dominican Republic's women's national team. The few Puerto Rican volleyball players who could not be accommodated on the flight tearfully heard news of the crash on television.

Aftermath[edit]

Dominicana suspended operations immediately after the crash. Reportedly four of its mechanics were arrested as well.[3] 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 the Spanish airline Iberia.[3][5]

Dominicana soon resumed full services, including to the United States. The airline flew until 1995 when it suspended services indefinitely; finally officially ceasing operations during 1999.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La esquina de Múllix". 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c "FAA Suspends Dominicana", Flight International, 19 March 1970, p.421 (online archive version) retrieved 16 November 2012
  4. ^ "The Windsor Star - Google News Archive Search". 
  5. ^ "Dominicana to Resume", Flight International, 16 April 1970, p.615 (online archive version) retrieved 16 November 2012

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