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Passengers Safe After Orenair Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Punta Cana

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Hundreds of passengers of Orenair Flight 2554, which made an emergency landing in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, are safe, Russian Ambassador in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic Vladimir Zaemsky told RIA Novosti.

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Orenair Flight 2554 was scheduled to fly to the Russian capital of Moscow on Wednesday. It took off from Punta Cana International Airport at 6:47 p. m. local time (22:47 GMT), but declared an emergency several minutes later and had to land.

"The passengers have not received their baggage, this will require certain action, but they have been taken to the Believe hotel, nobody was hurt," Zaemsky said on Thursday.

According to Zaemsky, the aircraft made an emergency landing because of an engine failure. The ambassador told RIA Novosti that a different plane will likely be sent to the Dominican Republic to pick up the Russian passengers and take them to Moscow.

There were 351 passengers and 20 crew members on board the Boeing 777-200 plane.

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