A chartered medical evacuation flight crashed during takeoff today in Manila, Philippines.
In a statement released by authorities at Manila’s main airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), it was gathered that the Lionair plane owned by a Philippines-registered charter service Lionair, was bound for Haneda, Japan, but burst into flames at the end of the runway around 8.00pm.
All eight passengers and crew, including an American and a Canadian died in the crash. The twin-jet West Wind 24 plane was carrying three medical personnel, three flight crew, a patient and a companion.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement;
“The flight, which was on a med-evac mission to Haneda, Japan, was carrying two passengers and six crew members.
“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident.”
Photos from our team on the ground. pic.twitter.com/5SYvVxkcZk
— Richard J. Gordon (@DickGordonDG) March 29, 2020
Lion Air just crashed at NAIA
An aircraft, Breaking: A plane got crashed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (#NAIA) tonight carrying medical supplies. 8 passengers including pilots are confirmed dead. #Philippines #Covid_19 #CoronaUpdate #Manila pic.twitter.com/g6hQql6vtv
— Dr. Sunil Kumar Meena (@Drsunil0198) March 29, 2020
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