Pilot entered N-605LT on the Dominican Flight Plan . . .
Santo Domingo - Immigration Agency director Jose Sanz Jiminian denied that the 11 passengers aboard the plane that went missing Monday had no visas, as a local newspaper reported.
The official, interviewed on the Z-101 morning radio program, said as soon as he heard about the plane, he called the Immigration office in Santiago, where he was told that all the passengers, including the pilot Adrian Jiminez, had a visa for the Providenciales Islands, for which the trip was legal. “For that reason we’ve taken all restrictive measures so that nobody can leave the country with forged documents.”
Meanwhile Pilots Association president Pedro Dominguez reiterated that the pilot of the U.S. - registered plane made flight an irregular flight using a student license issued in that country. (???)
He also regretted that the authorities at Cibao International Airport, from where the flight departed, and the Dominican Civil Aviation Insitute (Idac), didn’t know Jimenez didn’t have a valid license. “But also the fact that just around 15 days ago, the gentleman (Jimenez), while landing in the Santiago Airport, one of the landing wheels of the 3-engine Islander plane collapsed but wasn’t even investigated. If it had been investigated to depth then, it would’ve been detected that this gentleman didn’t qualify to be flying and this tragedy would’ve been avoided.”
The missing plane has the U.S. registry N-605LT, (we know this isn’t correct), operated by the company Atlantic Aviation. According to the flight plan, it was headed to the island Mayaguana, near the Bahamas, and one hour after take off from Cibao Airport the pilot radioed a distress call monitored by Miami Airport controllers.