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PLANE CRASH | Chartered plane crashes while taking off in Manila, killing 8 people
March 29, 2020 , 11:05 PM

March 29, 2020 — A Lionair Inc. chartered light plane on a medical evacuation flight, carrying eight people on Sunday night crashed minutes after taking off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), killing all onboard, airport officials said.

Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal said the West Wind 24 plane exploded into minutes after taking off for a flight to Haneda airport in Japan at about 8 p.m. Airport fire rescue teams responded to douse the flames with chemical foam.

“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” he said in a statement, adding the accident happened at the end of runway 24 while the aircraft was taking off.

“The flight, which was on a medical evacuation mission to Haneda, was carrying two passengers – an American female and a Canadian male citizen and six crew,” he added, The crew included a doctor, a nurse, a flight medic and three pilots.

Monreal said the runway has been temporarily closed as investigators from the aircraft accident investigation board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are on site to determine the cause of the incident.

The Lionair fleet will be grounded as the probe starts not just because of the incident but also due to flight safety concerns after the operator was found to have figured in other two air accidents in less than a year.

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