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    8 die in fire after plane bursts into flames at Manila's airport

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    A plane carrying eight people, including an American and a Canadian, burst into flames Sunday while attempting to take off from Manila?s airport on a flight bound for Japan, killing all those on board, officials said.

    The Westwind 24 plane, which was carrying six Filipino crew members and the American and Canadian passengers, was bound for Tokyo on a medical mission when it caught fire near the end of the main runway, Manila airport general manager Ed Monreal said.

    Firetrucks and rescue personnel rushed and doused the twin-engine aircraft with foam to try to extinguish the flames, he said.

    "Unfortunately, there were no survivors," Monreal told a late-night news conference.

    He declined to identify the victims until their families were informed and said other details about the flight and the passengers were unclear.

    The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the aircraft apparently encountered an unspecified ?problem which resulted in a fire? as it rolled to take off, adding its chief investigator was on the way to the scene.

    Video footage shows the aircraft engulfed in bright-orange flames in the darkness as firefighters scramble to put out the fire by spraying chemical foam while sirens blare.

    Nearly three hours after the accident, the bodies of the victims were still inside the wreckage. Airport authorities were waiting for police investigators to examine the crash scene before retrieving the remains, Monreal said.

    The airport's main runway was closed due to the accident. The airport had only minimal staff due to air travel restrictions that are part of a monthlong lockdown imposed by the government in the main northern Philippine region of Luzon, where Manila, the capital, lies, to fight the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

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    A Tokyo-bound plane carrying medical supplies to combat the coronavirus pandemic burst into flames as it took off from a Philippines airport Sunday, killing all eight people on board, multiple outlets reported.

    One American and one Canadian were among the eight passengers on Lion Air Flight RPC 5880, which was leaving from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, CNN reported.

    Senator of the Philippines Richard Gordon, who is also the head of the Philippine Red Cross, said the eight people on board consisted of a flight medic, nurse, doctor, three flight crew, one patient and their companion.

    “The airplane caught fire and exploded as it was taking off the NAIA runway 24,” Gordon said on Twitter.

    The victims have yet to be publicly identified.

    The plane caught fire and exploded as it was taking off the NAIA runway 24.

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