8 killed as plane catches fire on take-off

Posted by News Express | 30 March 2020 | 804 times

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A Japan-bound plane caught fire on takeoff at Manila airport in the Philippines late Sunday, killing all eight people on board, airport authorities said.

The Westwind aircraft was headed for Haneda airport on a medical evacuation mission carrying six Filipino crew members and two passengers, an American and a Canadian, authorities said without naming any of them.

Firefighters rushed to the end of the runway where the aircraft was engulfed in flames, dousing it with chemical foam, an airport authority statement said.

“Unfortunately, there were no survivors on the flight,” Manila airport general manager Ed Monreal told a news conference.

The runway was closed as investigators arrived at the scene to determine the cause of the incident.

Most passenger aircraft at the airport have been grounded for weeks since the government put Manila and the rest of the main Philippine island of Luzon on quarantine to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus. (AFP)

 

  • PHOTO: Rescuers stand next to the wreckage of a Westwind aircraft after it caught on fire during takeoff at the Manila international airport on March 29, 2020. - A Japan-bound plane caught fire on takeoff at Manila airport in the Philippines late March 29, killing all eight people on board, airport authorities said. (Photo by AFP)


Source: News Express

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