Puerto Rican music producer ‘Flow La Movie’, 38, his wife, 31 and four-year-old son are among six Americans dead after chartered Gulfstream IV private jet crash landed in the Dominican Republic and killed nine
Jose Angel Hernandez, better known as ‘Flow La Movie,’ was among six Americans who died when a private jet crashed in the Dominican Republic
Wednesday’s crash claimed the lives of Hernandez, his wife Debbie Von Marie Jimenez Garcia, 31, son Jayden Hernandez, 4, and three other passengers and all three crew members on their way to Orlando, Florida
The American passengers were Keilyan Hernandez Pena, 21, Yeilianys Jeishlimar Meléndez Jiménez, 18, and Jesiel Yabdiel Silva, 13
The three crew members were Venezuelan pilot Luis Alberto Eljuri Tancredo, 47, Dominican co-pilot Emilio Herrera, 32, and Dominican stewardess Veronica Estrella, 26
The jet encountered problems upon take off and attempted an emergency landing at Las Americas International Airport before bursting into flames
Hernandez gained international fame for producing hit urban songs in Florida and Latin America, working alongside icons like Bad Bunny and Ozuna
Puerto Rican music producer Jose Angel Hernandez, 38, has died along with his wife, son and six others after their private jet crashed and burst into flames during an emergency crash landing in the Dominican Republic.
Hernandez, aka Flow La Movie, was on board The Gulfstream IV aircraft when it took off from La Isabela International Airport on Wednesday destined for Orlando, Florida, but it encountered problems 15 minutes later and crashed at the nearby Las Americas International Airport.
Along with Hernandez, the crash claimed the lives of his wife Debbie Von Marie Jimenez Garcia, 31, and their four-year-old son, Jayden Hernandez.
Hernandez gained fame for his urban hit songs, including ‘Te Bote’ with Latin American sensations Bad Bunny and Ozuna. He has produced and invested in dozens of concerts for Latino rappers and singers in Florida and across Latin America.
The private Gulfstream IV jet crashed in the Dominican Republic carrying six American passengers and three crew members. Keilyan Hernandez Pena, 21, Yeilianys Jeishlimar Meléndez Jiménez, 18, and Jesiel Yabdiel Silva, 13, were the three other American victims on board, Telemundo reported.
The three person crew of Venezuelan pilot Luis Alberto Eljuri Tancredo, 47, Dominican co-pilot Emilio Herrera, 32, and Dominican stewardess Veronica Estrella, 26, all perished in the crash.
Heliodas Aviation Group, which owned the private jet, which is typically worth more than $2 million, said in a statement that the crash will be fully investigated to determine the cause.
‘For Helidosa, this accident causes us great pain and sorrow. We stand in solidarity with the affected families that, along with us, are going through a difficult time.
‘We ask our almighty God to give the strength to the family members of its passengers and pilots in the plane, and that God may take them in heaven and that their souls find peace.’
Deputy Director of the Fire Department Kai Schenhals confirmed had confirmed that all passengers and crew members where dead and told reporters at the scene that the aircraft appeared to have taken off while damaged.
Brigadier General Emanuel Souffront Tamayo, director of the Air Accidents Investigative Commission, told Telemundo that it was still too soon to establish a cause of the accident.
The National Association of Pilots RD also sent out a statement mourning the loss of the three crew members who perished in the crash.
‘It’s with great regret that we bid farewell to our fellow pilots and stewardess and the other occupants of the Helidosa company aircraft. Now we only have to wait for the causes of the accident from the authorities. May God, the Father, welcome them into his abode.’
A man claiming to be the brother of one of the deceased told reporters at the airport that ‘The plane had faults, and they knew it,’ Hoy reported.
The plane took off on Wednesday afternoon and was bound for Orlando Florida, but it suddenly needed to make an emergency landing at the nearby Las Americas International Airport.
Las Americas International Airport is seen after the crash in Santo Domingo which killed all nine people on board
The private jet that crashed was a Gulfstream IV aircraft, which is valued at more than $2 million
An ambulance was stationed near the crash site despite reports that there were no survivors
Emergency services were seen at the airport in the wake of the horror crash on Wednesday
Hernandez’s death comes as a blow to the Latin music industry as many mourned the producer’s death. ***Although he spent 10 years in the industry, his career took off with the 2018 hit ‘Te Bote,’ which topped Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs list for 14 weeks.
He also produced reggaetón singer Nio Gracia’s ‘AM’ and the viral hit ‘La Jeepeta.’ Hernandez went on to launch his own indie record label, managing artists like Nio Gracia, Casper Magico and Xound. Casper Magico, whose real name is Julio Alberto Cruz García, is Hernandez’s brother in law.
He has also produced hit songs for artists such as Manuel Turizo, Don Omar, Natti Natasha, J Balvin, Myke Towers and Anuel AA.
In 2021, he earned LatinPlug’s Manager of the Year award in its US category.
Fans and fellow musicians came together on social media to mourn Hernandez’s death, who had just released a new song, Karma, with Casper Magico and Bryant Myers hours before the fatal crash.
Iconic Latin singer Ricardo Montaner wrote on Twitter, ‘It’s with immense sadness and pain that the Dominican music community and the world loses a great producer, #JoseAngelHernandez…and his young family.’
J Blavin and Don Omar posted their own tributes to Hernandez on Instagram. Omor wrote, ‘I’m sadden for your loss and that of your family. Thank you for the opportunity to collaborate with you. Fly high, we’ll see each other later.’
‘It’s with immense sadness and pain that the Dominican music community and the world loses a great producer, #JoseAngelHernandez…and his young family’.