8 Dead in Aircraft Crash at NAIA
The Aircraft Crash in NAIA 2020
The 8 people have an Aircraft crash on a medical evacuation mission to Tokyo, Japan, are dead after the Agusta WW24 aircraft they were on caught fire Sunday, 8 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Those who died were an American national, a Canadian national, a flight medic, a nurse, a doctor, and three flight crew, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal confirmed. Airport authorities were tight-lipped about why the medical evacuation was supposed to take place. The Investigation of Aircraft crash on the incident is still ongoing, but an initial statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the aircraft reportedly encountered a technical problem while rolling for takeoff on Runway 06/24.
The MIAA said the accident happened at the end of the runway as the plane was taking off. The MIAA said its fire and rescue team was immediately dispatched to extinguish the flames that engulfed the plane. Monreal said the closure of the airport’s runway would cause minimal disruptions in NAIA’s operations, which have already scaled down as a result of numerous flight cancellations due to travel restrictions imposed by various countries to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fleet to be grounded?
Airport authorities are refusing to discuss any other details surrounding the accident. Still, CAAP Deputy Director General Don Mendoza said the aircraft, operated by Lionair, is air-worthy and that its pilot’s licenses are current. Mendoza also confirmed that the same aircraft was also used to ferry medical equipment to Iloilo on Saturday.
Mendoza also said they are looking into the possibility of grounding Lionair’s whole fleet, as it also operated another medical evacuation aircraft which crashed in Calamba last September 2019.
“Right now the initial step that we are looking into is grounding the whole fleet. It’s quite alarming, but we are looking into the records of this unfortunate event that happened to Lionair,” Mendoza said. MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – All 8 people aboard a medical evacuation plane were killed in a crash during takeoff at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday evening, March 29.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement that the incident “happened at the end of Runway 24 while the aircraft was taking off” at around 8 pm.
On Twitter, Senator Richard Gordon said those aboard included a flight medic, nurse, doctor, 3 flight crew, and a patient and the patient’s companion.
Authorities said in a press briefing late Sunday that 6 Filipinos and 2 foreigners – a Canadian and an American – were aboard the plane.
Their names cannot be disclosed yet, according to authorities.
MIAA said its fire and rescue team was immediately dispatched to the site after the crash “to douse the flames with chemical foam.”
The fire was put out by 9:02 pm, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection,
The plane “reportedly encountered a technical problem,” the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said in a statement. CAAP Deputy Director-General for Operations Capt. Donald Mendoza said that Manila tower already expressed alarm at the inability of the airplane to take flight considering its size.
He said that the aircraft was airworthy and the pilots’ licenses were valid. A day before the accident, the plane flew to Iloilo for the delivery of medical supplies.
Authorities declared fire out about an hour after the incident. The runway has been temporarily closed.
Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB) chief investigator Rainier Baculinao has been dispatched to investigate the cause of the accident.
MIAA said the plane was carrying two passengers and six crew members.
Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, initially said on Twitter there were eight passengers on board: a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew, one patient and its companion.
A source told Stand For Truth reporter Shai Lagarde that the plane was supposed to be delivering medical supplies.