(UPDATED–March 21, 2016: This story was updated after one of the other victims in the plane crash was identified. FOX News confirms)
Guitarist Marília Mendonça — a Brazilian singer and Latin Grammy Award winner — and five others were killed Thursday when their small plane crashed outside of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic while they were on their way back to Brazil from an awards show in Colombia.
A former drummer in the band Chambord, Mendonça won best original song for “Eu Teriamos Most” at the Latin Grammys in 2013. Her second album, “Granpaisso Colpo,” was released earlier this year.
A statement from the Associated Press on behalf of the band said Mendonça, 25, and her band mates Daniela Saldivar, Carla Cruz, Carlos Bandanado, Adrian Rodrigues and Tatiana Jai were traveling back to Sao Paulo with plans to perform in her hometown of Macé.
The plane, a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, lost contact with air traffic controllers just before noon local time. Flight records indicated that the pilot had reported engine trouble, Dominican authorities said.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but Dominican authorities have requested that German experts investigate the accident.
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