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Nine died as a private aircraft crashes in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo [Dominican Republic] : At least nine people were killed after a private aircraft crashed in the Dominican Republic’s capital Santo Domingo while making an emergency landing on Thursday, a media report said.

Helidosa Aviation Group, operator of the plane, in a statement, said that seven passengers and two crew members died in the incident, reported CNN.

The plane was en route to Florida from La Isabela International Airport in the Dominican Republic. It crashed just 15 minutes after takeoff while making the emergency landing.

Helidosa Aviation Group further said that the accident causes “us great pain and grief”. “We ask that you prudently join in solidarity to support the families affected, who along with us are going through this difficult time,” the group added.

So far the cause of the emergency landing is unknown.