‘Thorough’ probe sought on NAIA plane crash that killed 8

first_imgInvestigators gather around burnt Lion Air plane at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila late night on Sunday. Eight persons, including two foreign nationals, were perished in the crash. EPA MANILA – Malacañang on Monday called fora “thorough” investigation of the accident involving a medical evacuation planethat burst into flames during takeoff at the Ninoy Aquino International Airporton Sunday. Eight persons, including two foreignnationals, were perished in the crash, the Manila International AirportAuthority (MIAA) said. However, despite its airworthiness,Mendoza said that they are looking into the possibility of grounding Lionair’swhole fleet, as it also operated another medical evacuation aircraft whichcrashed in Calamba last September 2019. MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal said thepassengers were on a medical evacuation mission on board Agusta WW24 aircraftto Haneda, Japan when the incident took place at around 8 p.m. The MIAA said the accident happened atthe end of the runway 06/24 as the aircraft was taking off. Its fire and rescueteam was immediately dispatched to extinguish the flames that engulfed theplane but unable to save the passengers. Monreal, however, did not reveal thereason for the medical evacuation mission to Japan. The investigation wereunderway but initial findings by the Civil Aviation Authority of thePhilippines (CAAP) said that the aircraft reportedly encountered a technicalproblem. “There must be a thorough investigationof the incident and the concerned government agencies must undertake measuresto secure the safety of private aircraft as well as their passengers and crew,”Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. CAAP Deputy Director General Don Mendozasaid the aircraft, operated by Lionair, is airworthy as it came from Iloilo onSaturday to deliver medical supplies. The licenses of the pilot are current. The passengers of the aircrafts were sixFilipinos – three flight crew, a flight medic, a doctor and a nurse – aCanadian national (the patient) and American national (companion of thepatient). “Right now the initial step that we arelooking into is grounding the whole fleet. It’s quite alarming, but we arelooking into the records of this unfortunate event that happened to Lionair,”Mendoza said./PNlast_img

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