SYDNEY – Australia’s SBS radio station paid tribute on Monday to Uruguayan-Australian Alberto Pocho Dominguez, one of its veteran broadcasters and among the 10 Australians who died in the 9/11 attacks.
Dominguez, 66, was aboard the hijacked American Airlines flight 11, which took off from Boston and crashed into one of the World Trade Center Towers in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.
Dominguez had traveled to the U.S. with his wife Martha to visit his sick sister in-law, and initially planned to return to Australia on Sept. 10, where he worked for Qantas airline, but had decided to stay back one more night.
Soraya Caicedo, SBS Radio’s Executive Producer of Hora 13 program, said he may be remembered as a Qantas baggage-handler by the Australian media, but for Radio SBS, he was one of its pioneers, and a prominent member of the Hispanic community.
Dominguez is also remembered in Uruguay – his native country – for winning the national cycling championship in 1953 and representing his country during two Pan American Games, among his other achievements.
Dominguez migrated to Australia with his family in 1973 and two years later became part of the first team of 2EA station, former name of SBS, launched by the Australian government to provide health information to foreign communities.
Reminiscing about Dominguez, Caicedo said, he represented Latin American immigrants who fled to Australia from dictatorships in the 1970s.
He was also part of various organizations of the Hispanic community, including the Uruguayan Club, Uruguayos Unidos (United Uruguayans), La Casa de los Abuelos (Grandparents’ House), Casa de Teatro (Theatre house).