ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 HI-177 Santo Domingo-Las Américas International Airport (SDQ)
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Date:Sunday 15 February 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Dominicana de Aviacion
Registration: HI-177
MSN: 47500/546
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:354
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 97 / Occupants: 97
Total:Fatalities: 102 / Occupants: 102
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) off Santo Domingo-Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) (   Dominican Republic)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Santo Domingo-Las Américas International Airport (SDQ/MDSD), Dominican Republic
Destination airport:San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
About two minutes after takeoff one of the two engines lost power. The crew tried to return by initiating a right turn, but the aircraft descended rapidly until impacting the sea.
Among those killed were the the coach and eleven players of Puerto Rico's women's national volleyball team,[


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Distance from Santo Domingo-Las Américas International Airport to San Juan-Isla Verde International Airport as the crow flies is 385 km (240 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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