An 82-year old Venezuelan woman died on board the small plane on which she was traveling from Venezuela with family and friends to spend the Christmas holidays in La Romana. The plane was affected by motor failure 32 miles south of La Romana, crashing near Saona Island. The Dominican Navy, Coast Guard service from Puerto Rico and Dominican Air Force helicopters all took part in the rescue operation. Six other occupants of the airplane were rescued at sea. The pilot was the only one seriously injured. The deceased woman was Alicia Fargier, and the injured pilot is Jose Arroyo. The other passengers were Jesus Sanchez, co-pilot, Ramon Zabala, Isabel Sanchez, Anabelle Payan and Noris Emmgrich.