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ProPics Canada Media Ltd

Canadian Flight Crew Detained in Dominican Republic

About the situation and how you can help.


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A flight crew working for a Canadian airline on a private charter is currently detained in the Dominican Republic for doing their job and preventing over 200 kilos of cocaine being smuggled out of the country. These people need to be released and returned to their families. 


It started as the crew from Pivot Airlines flew a private group under charter to Punta Cana. When the time came for the group to return to Canada, the crew were diligently performing preflight duties including safety checks of the aircraft. During this procedure, one of the staff noted a package in an area of the aircraft which should not have been there. As such, the team contacted both, The local authorities in the Dominican Republic and the RCMP in Canada. When the local authorities arrived, they went about a thorough search and discovered an estimated 200 KG of cocaine hidden in various parts of the aircraft. (an estimated value of $25 million (CAD) With the discovery of the narcotics, all of the crew staff and the passengers were arrested and placed in a Dominican jail. 


The group was granted bail but as a condition, must remain in the country. It was recently announced that the bail is being appealed by the prosecutor which could mean all parties will be returned to jail while the investigation continues. This could be up to a year or longer. This would result in a very high risk of personal injury or even death as they individuals can be placed in cells with other prisoners. The flight crew are being provided private security at this time due to death threats and other safety concerns. If they are returned to jail, it could be a very dangerous situation. The flight crew is also being moved around for their protection. They have received threats of violence and death which one would assume is a result of cartels taking a dislike for their doing their job and reporting the contraband to authorities. 


ProPics Media would like to send a journalist to Punta Cana in order to document the flight crew's physical condition prior to the court hearing which potentially can see them sent back to a dangerous, underfunded and over crowded facility. There the face being locked up with other drug gang members and dangerous offenders. Further, ProPics Canada Media would also stay for a period of time to continue documenting the conditions, treatment, processes etc. in order to try and put pressure on the authorities to release the crew and return them home to Canada. This can be done through the continued reporting of the situation regardless as to whether the crew is jailed or allowed to remain out on bail but restricted to staying in the Dominican. Through distribution to international media outlets of regular reports, it is the goal to assist in keeping pressure on the Dominican authorities in the international spotlight. 


The international community does not typically arrest and jail flight crews when drugs are found on aircraft and reported. By doing so, it raises a high level of concern for all flight crews arriving and departing that country and reporting potential suspicious packages. The discovery of the cocaine and subsequent reporting should be rewarded and not punished. These are professionals doing their job and doing it well. The protections afforded airline employees should be respected. There is absolutely no apparent evidence that any crew members was involved in any way with the large amount of drugs. 


We have many questions about the passengers and involvement by any of them individually but these questions can not be asked and or answered from here in Canada. These questions be answered could help to provide further information for the release of the crew and even potentially passengers. 


As ProPics Canada Media Ltd is a fully respected and accredited member of the International Federation of Journalists, CWA Canada, IA-PP, International Documentary Association, MPPIA, Canadian Freelance Guild, CPAWC and other professional organizations, we adhere to the highest standards of journalism. ProPics is also very experienced in providing video and still images to international press services. The journalist which we would be looking to send is experienced in high pressure reporting and situations. He has recently returned from a month of filming the war in Ukraine and refugee crisis along the Ukraine / Poland border. 


Being a freelance journalism company, the funding of projects takes much fundraising as most projects are public interest and international humanitarian awareness, working to educate and make the world a better and safer place. As such, ProPics Canada Media Ltd would need the support of the public and others to donate towards the costs / expenses of the travel, stay and other expenses resulting from this project to hopefully play a role in getting these individuals home. For anyone thinking this is a vacation for the journalist, they could not be further from reality. In going to the Dominican in this role, it places the journalist in danger of attack, robbery, death etc. When not outside of the hotel for gathering information, interviews, stills and video coverage, the journalist will need to basically stay on the hotel property for safety and security. It is a project with a clear vision and goal, not a time to play and enjoy the surroundings. 


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If the required amount is not raised or if for any reason the project does not take place (such as the crew being cleared in the meantime etc.) Contributions will be refunded by the method used when your donation is made. 

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Help Get Canadian Flight Crew Home From Detainment in Dominican Republic

Details of the situation and how we plan to assist is all laid out in the above information. If you have any questions, wish to donate by phone or have information about this matter, call (778) 908-2811or email [email protected] 


We are in no way affiliated or associated with the airline, crew members, passengers etc. We feel that this will be very important as a fully independent project with no outside influence in reporting the truth as we provide our services, document the situation and interview individuals and such other duties we will need to undertake.