A medical evacuation plane exploded during take-off in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing all eight passengers and crew, including an American and a Canadian, officials said.
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., Manila’s main airport said.
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.
An investigation by the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines was under way, MIAA said.
The runway has been closed temporarily, affecting an arriving Korean Air flight that was diverted to Clark airport in northern Philippines.