A plane reportedly carrying medical supplies to fight coronavirus has crashed during takeoff at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines capital city of Manila.
The Tokyo-bound aircraft was carrying 8 passengers – the pilot, two crew members, a doctor, a nurse, a flight medic, and an American and Canadian passenger – all of whom were killed in the incident.
Senator Richard Gordon, head of the Philippine Red Cross, said:
“Eight passengers — consisting of a flight medic, a nurse, doctor, three flight crew, one patient and its companion were onboard. The airplane caught fire and exploded as it was taking off the NAIA runway 24. The fire was enormous.”
The flight was operated by Lionair (not to be confused with Lion Air, the Indonesian-based commercial flight operator), a Philippine-based firm that operates small charter flights and is currently helping the government in the fight against covid-19.
This is the second crash for Lionair in a matter of months after a light aircraft operated by the company crashed in Laguan killing all 9 people on board.
Source: The New York Times