On Sunday, a medical evacuation plane crashed in the Philippine capital during take-off, killing all eight passengers and crew, including an American and a Canadian, officials said. The aircraft, operated by a Lionair charter service registered in the Philippines, had been bound for Haneda, Japan, but burst into flames at the end of the runway about 8 pm (1200 GMT), Manila’s main airport said.
Indonesian carrier Lion Air has released a statement specifically claiming that it is unrelated to Lionair, headquartered in Manila. Video images show a massive smoke plume shooting up. This is into the sky at night as firefighters doused the fuselage with foam. The twin-jet West Wind 24 plane was holding three medical personnel, three flight crew, one patient and one companion, Richard Gordon, a Philippine Red Cross senator and president, said on Twitter.
An investigation has been underway by the Philippines ‘Civil Aeronautics Authority, MIAA said. The runway briefly close, affecting an incoming Korean Air flight. It diverts to Clark airport in northern Philip The aircraft. It operates by Philippines-register charter service Lionair. So, it bounds for Haneda, Japan. But burst into flames at the end of the runway about 8 pm (1200 GMT). This is at Manila’s main airport state, MIAA General Manager Eddie Monreal said.
The goal is to reopen the runway, he said in a press conference, about two hours after midnight. Monreal reported that among those killed were an American national and a Canadian citizen but could not provide further information. The remaining six were all Filipinos, he said.