A plane caught fire, exploded and crashed after it took off at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday, killing all eight people on board, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) reported.
Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, said on Twitter there were eight passengers on board: a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew, one patient and its companion.
However, MIAA said the plane was carrying two passengers and six crew members.
As of this writing, the identities of victims have yet to be confirmed.
An American and a Canadian were on board, the reports said. Six Filipinos were also on board, authorities said.
The plane was an RP-C5880 light aircaft. The plane caught fire then exploded as it was taking off on runway 06/24.
A document secured showed the aircraft was operated by Lion Air, Incorporated.
The plane was to take off from NAIA and bound for Haneda, Japan.
“This is to confirm an accident that happened on or about 8:00PM today, 29 March 2020, involving a West Wind 24 aircraft bound for Haneda with eight (8) passengers on board,” said the MIAA in its statement Sunday night.
The accident happened at the end of Runway 24 while the aircraft was taking off.
The flight, which was on a medEvac mission to Haneda, Japan, was carrying two passengers and six crew members.
Immediately after the incident, the MIAA Fire and Rescue team were dispatched to the site to douse the flames with chemical foam.
Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident, the MIAA also said.
“The runway has been temporarily closed, as investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines are now on site to determine the cause of the incident,” said the MIAA.
The fire was put out at 9:02 p.m.
The accident involving the medical evacuation flight on Sunday evening was due to a technical problem while the aircraft was rolling out for takeoff, initial reports from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) revealed.
“The medical evacuation flight, bound for Tokyo/Haneda in Japan reportedly encountered a technical problem while rolling for takeoff on Runway 06/24,” the CAAP said in a statement.
It was referring to an Agusta WW24 aircraft that crashed and caught on fire at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday, killing all eight people onboard.
CAAP said the Philippine Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Center (PARCC) is now gathering additional information on the accident.
Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB) chief investigator Rainier Baculinao has also been dispatched to help determine the cause of the accident./Stacy Ang