Eight dead after Tokyo-bound aircraft crashes in Manila

Eight dead after Tokyo-bound aircraft crashes in Manila
An airport personnel walks beside the remains of a Lion Air, West Wind 24 aircraft after it caught fire during take off at Manila's International Airport in Philippines on Sunday, March 29, 2020. (AP)
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Updated 29 March 2020

Eight dead after Tokyo-bound aircraft crashes in Manila

Eight dead after Tokyo-bound aircraft crashes in Manila
  • Officials say plane caught fire and burst into flames on the runway

MANILA: Eight people were killed when an ambulance aircraft crashed at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday night.
Initial reports indicate that Lion Air flight RPC 5880 was taking off at NAIA runway 24 when it caught fire and burst into flames about 8 p.m.
The aircraft was reportedly on a medical evacuation mission to Haneda in Japan.
Senator Richard Gordon, Philippine Red Cross chair, said on Twitter that fire and medic teams had already been dispatched to NAIA Terminal 2 to respond to the incident. 
He added that those on board included a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew, one patient and his companion.
“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” officials from the Manila International Airport Authority said.
The Bureau of Fire Protection said that the fire was extinguished at 9:02 p.m.