Eight were killed as flames engulfed a plane taking off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday, authorities confirmed.
The medical evacuation flight, bound for Tokyo/Haneda in Japan reportedly encountered a technical problem while rolling for takeoff on Runway 06, was carrying 2 passengers,3 flight crew,1 doctor,nurse and 1 medic, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement.
It was referring to an Agusta WW24 aircraft that crashed and caught on fire at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
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.