Lionair plane explosion in Philippines kills eight
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The plane, owned by a Philippines-registered charter service Lionair, had been bound for Haneda, Japan, but burst into flames at the end of the runway around 8 p.m. (1200 GMT), Manila’s main airport said.
Indonesian carrier Lion Air issued a statement making clear that it is unrelated to Manila-based Lionair.
Video footage showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the night sky as fire crews doused the fuselage with foam.
The twin-jet West Wind 24 plane was carrying three medical personnel, three flight crew, a patient and a companion, Richard Gordon, a senator and head of the Philippine Red Cross, said on Twitter.
“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement.
An investigation by the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines was under way, MIAA said. ■