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Santo Domingo

Crash of a BAe 125-400 in Saint Domingo

Date & Time: Apr 7, 1995 at 1745 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N41953
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santo Domingo - Santo Domingo
MSN:
25268
YOM:
1971
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a short flight from Santo Domingo-Las Américas Airport to Santo Domingo-Herrera Airport located in the city center. On short final, the pilot-in-command mistakenly reduced the engine power too much, causing the aircraft to lose height and to struck the runway surface with an excessive vertical speed. The aircraft landed hard, bounced and came to rest few hundred metres further. All six occupants escaped uninjured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Ground fire of a Boeing 727-281 in Santo Domingo

Date & Time: Sep 5, 1993
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HI-617CA
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Juan - Santo Domingo
MSN:
20726
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
98
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Twenty minutes after takeoff from San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marin Airport, while in cruising altitude, a steward noticed smoke in the lavatory and informed the crew accordingly. In the meantime, the crew noticed a fire alarm in the cockpit, declared an emergency and became number one for landing at Santo Domingo-Las Américas Airport. Following a normal approach and landing, the crew vacated the runway and parked the aircraft at gate A6. While the passengers was disemmarking, smoke spread in the cabin and fire erupted, destroying the airplane.
Probable cause:
It was determined that a fire broke out in the rear lavatory after an engine used to drain the toilet overheated.

Crash of a Douglas DC-7CF in Santo Domingo

Date & Time: Feb 18, 1993
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HI-599CT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
45208
YOM:
1957
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff roll at Santo Domingo-Las Américas Airport, the copilot started the rotation but the aircraft failed to respond. The captain took over controls when the aircraft started to veer to the left and skidded. The crew aborted the takeoff procedure when the aircraft rolled left and right, causing the right wing to struck the ground. On impact, both right engines n°3 and 4 were torn off. Out of control, the aircraft veered off runway to the right, lost its undercarriage and came to rest, bursting into flames. All three crew members escaped uninjured while the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Lockheed C-121J Super Constellation in Saint Domingo

Date & Time: Jun 15, 1990
Operator:
Registration:
HI-532CT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
4155
YOM:
1954
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing, one of the undercarriage collapsed. The aircraft came to rest partially on its belly and was damaged beyond repair. All three crew members escaped uninjured.

Crash of a Lockheed L-749 Constellation in Santo Domingo

Date & Time: Dec 31, 1988
Operator:
Registration:
HI-422
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
2667
YOM:
1951
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Was damaged beyond repair following a hard landing at Santo Domingo-Las Américas Airport. There were no casualties. The accident occurred in 1988, exact date unknown.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3-313 in Santo Domingo: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 30, 1975
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
HI-222
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santo Domingo - Port-au-Prince
MSN:
2189
YOM:
1940
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
27
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 17 at Santo Domingo-Las Américas Airport, while in initial climb, the airplane banked right and crashed in a wooded area. A crew member and a passenger were killed while 28 other occupants were injured. The aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
It is believed that the loss of control was caused by the failure of the right engine shortly after liftoff.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46 Commando off Santo Domingo

Date & Time: Apr 25, 1973
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HI-201
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Santo Domingo - Christiansted
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Saint-Domingue-Las Américas Airport, while in initial climb, the left engine failed. The crew decided to ditch the airplane in the Bay of Boca Chica located 5 km east of the airfield. The aircraft came to rest few hundred meters offshore and all four crew members were quickly rescued. The aircraft was on its way to Christiansted, US Virgin Islands, carrying a load of 6,4 tons of fruits.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine shortly after takeoff.

Crash of a Douglas DC-9-32 off Santo Domingo: 102 killed

Date & Time: Feb 15, 1970 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HI-177
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Santo Domingo - San Juan
MSN:
47500/546
YOM:
1969
Flight number:
DO603
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
97
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
102
Circumstances:
Two minutes after takeoff from runway 16 at Santo Domingo-Las Américas Airport, while in initial climb, the pilot informed ATC that the right engine failed and was cleared to return for an emergency landing. Shortly later, the left engine failed as well. Out of control, the airplane entered a dive and crashed into the Caribbean Sea about three km offshore. Few debris were floating on water and others sank by a depth of 300 meters. All 102 occupants were killed among them the Dominican boxer Carlos Teo Cruz, world lightweight champion as well as a large part of the Puerto Rico's National Women's Volleyball Team.
Probable cause:
Brand new, the aircraft was delivered by Douglas Corp to Dominicana de Aviación last 16 of December 1969. Only few debris were recovered and unfortunately, both CVR & FDR were not found. Due to lack of evidences, the exact cause of the accident could not be determined with certainty. However, it is believed that the double engine failure may have been caused by the contamination of fuel by an important quantity of water.