MANILA — A Lion Air West Wind 24 aircraft bound for Japan caught on fire and exploded on a runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at around 8 p.m. Sunday.
According to a DZRH radio report, the flight was on its way to Haneda, Japan on a medical evacuation mission carrying a Canadian patient.
Senator Richard Gordon, who is also the chairman of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), said its fire and medic teams were dispatched to the scene.
DZRH said the Lion Air aircraft RPC 5880 had eight passengers on board including a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew, the patient and a companion.
For still unknown reasons, the plane caught fire then exploded as it was taking off on runway 06/24.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said no passenger survived the accident.
The MIAA also said the fire was put out at 9:02 p.m.
The runway has already been cordoned off 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.
Condition of the passengers are still being confirmed as of writing. (ia/sovereignph.com)