Breaking: Japan bound Lion Air flight carrying medical aid explodes in Philippines, killing eight, including Canadian

Passengers on board comprised a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew and an American and Canadian passenger. Source (pic): Law & Crime News

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#TTFCovid19: A Lion Air medical evacuation flight bound for Japan exploded in a ball of flames just after take-off in the Philippines, killing all eight passengers and crew on board.

According to reports, the incident happened shortly after 8pm (GMT+8) and involved the twin-jet West Wind 24 RPC 5880 unit carrying medical supplies bound for Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.

“Our fire and medic teams were already dispatched to NAIA Terminal 2 to respond to the plane crash incident involving Lion Air Flight RPC 5880. Eight passengers consisting of a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew, one patient and its companion were on board,” Richard Gordon, a senator and head of the Philippine Red Cross, said on Twitter.


A Lion Air medical evacuation flight bound for Japan exploded in a ball of flames just after take-off in the Philippines, killing all eight passengers and crew on board.

According to reports, the incident happened shortly after 8pm (GMT+8) and involved the twin-jet West Wind 24 RPC 5880 unit carrying medical supplies bound for Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.




Twitter user Henry Woo posted a video of the incident:

Passengers on board comprised a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew and an American and Canadian passenger.

Video footage making rounds shows a huge plume of smoke rising into the night sky as fire crews doused the fuselage with foam.

“Our fire and medic teams were already dispatched to NAIA Terminal 2 to respond to the plane crash incident involving Lion Air Flight RPC 5880. Eight passengers consisting of a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew, one patient and its companion were on board,” Richard Gordon, a senator and head of the Philippine Red Cross, said on Twitter.

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“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement.

According to the MIAA, an investigation by the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines was under way.

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