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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – All 8 people aboard a medical evacuation plane were killed in a crash during takeoff at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday evening, March 29.
The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said the incident "happened at the end of Runway 24 while the aircraft was taking off" at around 8 pm.
The plane, with registry number RP-C5880, was bound for Haneda Airport in Japan.
Another Lionair crash
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Deputy Director Don Mendoza said in the press briefing that the aircraft was "airworthy" and that the pilot's license was current.
But he said CAAP would consider grounding Lionair's planes, since this is the second fatal incident involving the company in nearly 7 months.
On September 1, 2019, a medical evacuation plane also operated by Lionair crashed in Laguna, killing all 9 people aboard.