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Eight dead in NAIA air mishap

Eight dead in NAIA air mishap

MANILA – An aircraft owned by Lionair Inc. said to be carrying two foreigners for medical evacuation to Haneda Airport in Japan crashed upon take-off.

Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal confirmed an accident happened on or about 8:00 P.M., Sunday involving a West Wing 24 aircraft with eight passengers on board.

In a statement, Mr. Monreal said the accident happened at Runway 24 while the aircraft was taking off.

The flight, which was on a MedEvac mission to Haneda, Japan was carrying two (2) passengers and six crew members.


In a press conference shortly before 11:00 P.M., GM Monreal said a Canadian and an American were among the fatalities. The six others were all Filipinos.

He said immediately after the incident, MIAA Fire and Rescue team were dispatched to the site to douse the flames with chemical foam.

“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” the statement added.

The runway has been temporarily closed, as investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority if the Philippines are on site to determine the cause of the incident.

The fatalities have not been identified until the officials have informed their nearest of kin. (Melo M. Acuña)

Philippine Red Cross personnel at NAIA. (Photo from PRC Chair Richard Gordon)

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