Miami-bound private plane crashes, killing music producer, 8 others

José Ángel Hernández among those killed
Posted at 6:09 AM, Dec 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-16 08:49:53-05

MIAMI — An aviation company says a small plane it operates crashed in the Dominican Republic while attempting to land minutes after beginning a flight to Florida, killing all nine people aboard, including Puerto Rican music producer José Ángel Hernández.

Helidosa Aviation Group says on its Twitter account that the Gulfstream jet was carrying two crew members and seven passengers when it went down Wednesday.

It says the plane had departed from El Higüero airport for Miami, Florida, shortly before seeking to land at Las Americas International Airport in the Dominican Republic’s capital.

The company has given no details on why the pilots aborted the flight or possible causes of the crash. The airport shut down operations after the accident, canceling hundreds of flights.