Videos and images on Twitter have surfaced involving a private medevac aircraft carrying eight passengers, including an ill patient due for operation, being engulfed in flames after take-off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, Philippines.
The aircraft was reportedly scheduled to fly to Haneda, Japan, carrying two passengers and six crew members, who unfortunately did not survive the crash.
The crash of the aircraft, registered RP-C5880, occurred at around 8:00PM on the 29th of March, earlier tonight. The Philippine Department of Health reportedly chartered the aircraft to transfer an ill patient, when it overshot Runway 24 and crashed. Immediately following, the aircraft was engulfed in flames and there was no chance of survival for passengers on board.
The MIAA Fire and Rescue team were immediately dispatched to the site following the crash, where they then fought to douse the fire with chemical foam. It is believed that it took over one hour (9:02PM) for the flames to be successfully extinguished. The identity of the passengers (two pilots, one crew, a flight med, a nurse, a doctor, a patient, and a family member) have not yet been shared to the public.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, and as such the runway has been temporarily shut down, where investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines are now at the site of the crash. Officials MIAA GM Ed Monreal and CAAP DDG for Operations Don Mendoza reportedly held a presscon at 10:30PM to share further details with the public on the incident.
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