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NAIA now closed as medevac flight crashes on take-off

Aviation Updates Philippines – Airport authorities and rescue personnel responded to an aircraft crash at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday evening. Eight people were on-board the plane bound for Tokyo, Japan.
CRASH SITE. The photo reveals the damage of the crash. None of the passengers survived. Contributed photo.
The aircraft involved is RP-C5880, an IAI-1124A Westwind operated by Lionair, Inc. According to several news sources, the flight was a medical evacuation flight bound for Japan.

At 7:47 pm, RP-C5880 taxied from the general aviation area beside NAIA Terminal 4 to NAIA's Runway 06. Ten minutes later, the aircraft took off, burst into flames, and crashed.

The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) confirmed that none of the eight crew and passengers aboard the flight survived.

On-board the flight were eight people: one flight med, one nurse, one doctor, three flight crew (two pilots and one crew), one patient, and a companion.

Due to the crash, NAIA closed Runway 06/24 for all flight operations. The airport currently does not have an active runway since Runway 13/31 is obstructed by parked aircraft. The closure forced the diversion of flight KE-623 from Seoul-Incheon.

According to MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal, the runway will be reopened once debris will be cleared. Once reopened, Monreal said Runway 06/24 will initially operate in a restricted length.

Investigators from the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are currently spearheading the investigation of the fatal crash.

Authorities are studying the possible grounding of the entire fleet of Lionair, Inc. after it was also involved in a similar plane crash in Calamba, Laguna—killing nine.

Before to the accident, RP-C5880 was one of the chartered jets of the Department of Health (DOH) which ferried essential medical supplies across the Philippines.

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