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Plane explodes into flames at NAIA runway

Manila, Philippines - A Lion Air aircraft going to Japan exploded and caught on fire at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Sunday night, at 8PM.

The plane is reportedly in route to Haneda, Japan with eight (8) passengers on board, it was carrying a Canadian patient, according to the initial report from DZRH.

MIAA said the accident happened at the end of 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 (6) crew members,” MIAA said in an advisory.

“Immediately after the incident, the MIAA Fire and Rescue team were dispatched to the site to douse the flames with chemical foam,” MIAA added. “Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident.”

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

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