Dominican Republic jet goes missing after take off
An official with the Civil Aviation Authority in the Dominican Republic says a small executive jet is missing after taking off from Las Americas airport in the capital.
Santo Domingo: An official with the Civil Aviation Authority in the Dominican Republic says a small executive jet is missing after taking off from Las Americas airport in the capital.
Civil Aviation spokesman Hector Olivo says the twin-engine Hawker Siddeley was flying from Santo Domingo to Punto Cana on the eastern tip of the country but never arrived
at its destination.
Olivo said authorities were searching for the plane today and were not certain how many people were on board.
The jet is registered to a company based in Dover, Delaware. It took off on Thursday and the control tower lost contact shortly afterward.
In October 2011, a plane disappeared from an airport north of the capital and was located several days later hidden in a forest in Venezuela.
In four previous tests, the rockets launched successfully but some issues during landing or after touch down resulted in spectacular explosions.
All passengers were evacuated safely after the pilot belly-landed the aircraft on foam carpeting in Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
More than 55 flights, both incoming and outbound, were cancelled at the city's till 7.30 pm due to the closure