A CHARTERED PLANE on a medical mission caught fire and exploded while taking off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday night, killing all eight people onboard.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the accident that happened around 8 p.m. involved a West Wind 24 aircraft bound for Haneda, Japan with two foreign passengers and six Filipino crew members on board.
There were no survivors, the MIAA added.
Here's the ful MIAA statement:
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.
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 (2) passengers and six (6) 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 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.
MIAA GM Ed Monreal, together with CAAP DDG for Operations Don Mendoza, will hold a presscon at 10:30PM today to address questions.
A tweet by AviationUpdatesPH bared the plane involved was one of the aircraft chartered by the Department of Health (DOH) to ferry essential medical supplies across the country.
Senator Dick Gordon, head of Red Cross Philippines, identified the plane involved as Lion Air Flight RPC 5880.