Authorities in the Dominican Republic are still searching for a U.S.-registered Hawker HS125-600 that went missing on September 11 after departing Santo Domingo for Punta Cana approximately 125 miles to the east. Authorities do not know whether anyone other than the two pilots was on board at the time the aircraft disappeared.
At press time a French-operated Falcon 50 was grounded in the Dominican Republic, according to a TV report by France’s TF1, after it was involved in a major drug bust in Punta Cana in March. The Dominican counter-drug police discovered about 1,500 pounds of cocaine (with a street value of approximately $26 million) packed in 26 suitcases placed in the hold and the cabin. The three French pilots and one French passenger were arrested just before takeoff, with the engines already running for a departure to Saint-Tropez Airport, France, according to TF1. All four people were jailed.