Two Americans, One Canadian Feared Dead In Small Plane Crash In DR (UPDATE!)
MISSING: Charles and Candy Ritzen of Nashville and Benjamin Brown of Canada
SANTO DOMINGO — A small plane that had taken off from Haiti with three people on board has crashed off the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Civil Aviation Authority says those on board included a couple from Tennessee and a Canadian.
Nashville social media identified the missing Americans as Charles and Candy Ritzen, who have dedicated their lives to helping the people of Haiti. Also missing is Canadian Benjamin Brown.
A statement from the aviation authority issued today said that the plane took off from Port-au-Prince on Monday and was headed to the Dominican coastal town of Puerto Plata.
The Dominican Air Force has located wreckage from the plane and is currently searching for survivors.
The single-engine Lake LA-250 apparently lost contact with the control tower shortly after 6 p.m. when it was about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from Puerto Plata. The cause of the accident is unknown.