Medevac flight crashes at NAIA; 8 dead

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    The charred remains of the Lion Air Flight (photo from Facebook page of Ray Tarol)

    AN Agusta WW24 aircraft bound for Japan, with eight passengers on board, caught fire on take-off and exploded Sunday night at a runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said.

    No one survived, MIAA said.

    An advisory from the MIAA said the aircraft, which took off at around 8 p.m., was on a medical evacuation mission to Haneda and carrying two passengers and six crew members.

    Reports said the aircraft, with registry number RP-C5880, was among those regularly chartered by the Department of Health to ferry essential medical supplies across the country.

    The MIAA said the medical evacuation flight encountered a technical problem while rolling for takeoff on Runway 24.

    “Immediately after the incident, the MIAA Fire and Rescue team was dispatched to the site to douse the flames with chemical foam. Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” the advisory said.

    Investigators closed Runway 24 pending an investigation by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines.