Plane Carrying Medical Supplies To Fight Coronavirus Crashes In Philippines

Mandatory Credit: Photo by FRANCIS R MALASIG/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (10596890d) Investigators gather around burnt Lion Air plane at Manila's International Airport, in Manila, Philippines, 29 March 2020. According to reports, a Lion Air plane that was taking off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport burst into flame and crashed onto the runway with eight people on board. Lion Air plane crashes in Manila, Philippines - 30 Mar 2020

A Tokyo-bound plane carrying medical supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic burst into flames as it took off from a Philippines airport Sunday, killing all eight people on board, multiple outlets reported.

One American and one Canadian were among the eight passengers on Lion Air Flight RPC 5880, which was leaving from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, CNN reported.

Senator of the Philippines Richard Gordon, who is also the head of the Philippine Red Cross, said the eight people on board consisted of a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew, one patient and their companion.


“The airplane caught fire and exploded as it was taking off the NAIA runway 24,” Gordon said on Twitter.

The victims have yet to be publicly identified.

The Philippines Red Cross said on Twitter that a fire truck with seven crew members and two ambulances with seven medical personnel were dispatched to the crash scene.

The Manila International Airport Authority told the New York Times in a statement that the runway had been closed and an investigation into the crash was underway.

Source: People

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