8 killed as fire engulfs plane on NAIA runway


Posted at Mar 29 2020 09:22 PM | Updated as of Mar 29 2020 11:41 PM

MANILA - Eight were killed as flames engulfed a plane taking off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday, authorities confirmed.

The plane, which was on a medical evacuation mission to Haneda, Japan, was carrying 2 passengers and 6 crew members, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement.

The accident happened around 8 p.m. as the plane, identified as a West Wind 24 aircraft, was taking off at the end of Runway 24, MIAA said. 

MIAA's Fire and Rescue team were immediately dispatched to the site to douse the flames with chemical foam.

"Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident," MIAA said. 

Authorities have temporarily closed the runway as investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines determine the cause of the incident, the agency added.