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Plane on medical mission crashes at NAIA, kills all 8 people on board

30 March 2020

by The SUN


The Lionair plane caught fire before it could even take off (photos from Philip Lustre)

A Lionair West Wind aircraft said to be on a medical mission to Japan caught fire as it was taking off at Ninoy Aquino International Airport earlier tonight, instantly killing all eight people on board.
Killed were three flight crew, a doctor, nurse, a Canadian patient and his companion.

Lionair plane Flight RPC 5880 was about to fly off to Haneda airport in Japan when it exploded at about 8pm. The fire was put out at 9:02pm.

The runway was temporarily closed while the Civil Aeronautics Authority is investigating the incident, said a statement released by the Manila International Airport Authority.

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MIAA confirmed that no passenger survived the accident.

A flight manifest circulating on social media named the fatalities as Ren Edward Ungson, Melvin de Castro and Mario Medina, pilots; Edmark Dael, flight medic; Dr. Cenover Bautista, Conrado Tomeldan, Jr., nurse; John Richard Hurst, patient; and Marilyn de Jesus, companion.
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