Puerto Rican music producer Flow La Movie 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 on Wednesday.
Flow La Movie, aka Jose Angel Hernandez, 38, was on board The Gulfstream IV aircraft when it took off from La Isabela International Airport on a flight set 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 son Jayden Hernandez, 4.
Hernandez gained fame for his many urban hit songs, including ‘Te Bote’ with Latin American sensations Bad Bunny and Ozuna. He’s produced and invested in dozens of concerts for Latino rappers and singers in Florida and across Latin America.
Keilyan Hernandez Pena, 21, Yeilianys Jeishlimar Meléndez Jiménez, 18, and Jesiel Yabdiel Silva, 13, were the three other American victims on board, Telemundo reported.
Three crew members, including Venezuelan pilot Luis Alberto Eljuri Tancredo, 47, Dominican co-pilot Emilio Herrera, 32, and Dominican stewardess Veronica Estrella, 26, also died in the crash.
The Puerto Rican music producer known as ‘Flow La Movie’ died along with his wife, son and four other Americans after their private jet crashed and burst into flames during an emergency crash landing in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. Jose Angel Hernandez, aka Flow La Movie, Debbie Von Marie Jimenez Garcia, 31, and son Jayden Hernandez, 4 are pictured during Jayden’s fourth birthday
The private Gulfstream IV jet crashed in the Dominican Republic carrying six American passengers and three crew members
The jet crashed and burst into flames as it attempted an emergency landing fifteen minutes after taken off
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
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.’
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.
Officials said they are still investigating the cause of the crash, and Heliodas Aviation Group, which owned the private jet, sent out a statement expressing its condolences to the families of the victims
Venezuelan pilot Luis Alberto Elijuri Tancredo, right, and Dominican co-pilot Emilio Herrera flew the plane that crashed
The private jet that crashed was a Gulfstream IV aircraft, which is valued at more than $2 million
Hernandez, pictured with Debbie, rose the ranks in his decade long music career before topping Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs list for 14 weeks in 2018 with ‘La Bote’
Many mourned the death of Hernandez and his family as the music producer became a staple in Latin America’s urban scene. Jose Angel Hernandez, aka Flow La Movie, Debbie Von Marie Jimenez Garcia, 31, and son Jayden Hernandez, 4 are pictured during Jayden’s fourth birthday
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.
In 2021, he earned LatinPlug’s Manager of the Year award in its US category.