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Aircraft explodes on air and crashed at NAIA left 6 Filipinos and 2 Foreign nationals dead

Eight people headed to Japan are dead after the Agusta WW24 aircraft they were on crashed Sunday night at the runway of Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Those on board are for a medical evacuation mission which include 6 Filipinos - a flight medic, a nurse, a doctor, three flight crew, an American national and a Canadian national confrimed by Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Ed Monreal.

The aircraft reportedly encountered a technical problem while rolling for takeoff on Runway 06/24 in an initial statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

The aircraft, operated by Lionair, is air-worthy and that its pilot’s licenses are current according to airport authorities.

It is also confirmed that the same aircraft was also used to ferry medical equipment to Iloilo on Saturday.

The plane, with registry number RP-C5880 and operated by local firm Lionair, was bound for Haneda Airport in Japan. 

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