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Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain near San Rafael de Yuma

Date & Time: Apr 5, 2019 at 2228 LT
Operator:
Registration:
YV312
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane departed Venezuela in the evening on a probable drug smuggling flight with an unknown destination. At 2226LT, after it entered the Dominican Airspace, a crew of the Dominican Air Force was dispatched with an Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano but the PA-31 disappeared from radar screens at 2228LT after crashing in a sugar cane field located in the region of San Rafael de Yuma, between La Romana and Punta Cana. Due to limited visibility caused by night and poor weather conditions, SAR operations were suspended shortly after midnight. The wreckage was found in the next early morning. Nobody was found on site and the aircraft is probably written off. The registration YV312 may be a wrong one.

Crash of a BAe Jetstream 31 in Punta Cana

Date & Time: Oct 12, 2014 at 2025 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HI816
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Juan - Punta Cana
MSN:
694
YOM:
18
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was completing a flight from San Juan-Luis Munoz Marin Airport, in Puerto Rico, to Punta Cana, with two pilots and 11 passengers on board. The passengers were members of an Air Europa's crew positioning to Punta Cana. On landing by night on runway 08, it appears an engine failed and caught fire. Crew attempted an emergency braking procedure when the aircraft veered off runway and came to rest in flames. All 13 occupants were able to evacuate safely and only three of them were slightly injured. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.
Probable cause:
Engine fire on landing.