8 dies in MedEvac plane crash in Manila

A small plane bound to Japan from the Philippines crashed on take-off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and burst into flames on March 29. It was a medical evacuation plane that killed all eight people aboard per the airport authorities.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) issued a statement stating, “Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” that involved a Lion Air flight. “The flight, which was on a medEvac mission to Haneda, Japan, was carrying two passengers and six crew members,” the statement read.

The Senator and head of the Philippine Red Cross Richard Gordon twitted, “Our fire and medic teams were already dispatched to NAIA Terminal 2 to respond to the plane crash incident involving Lion Air Flight RPC 5880. 8 passengers consisting of a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew, one patient and its companion were on board.” In order to determine the cause of the crash the investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board, of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines are now on site. The runway 24 at the end of which the incident took place has been closed temporarily.

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