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World Philippines grounds company's aircraft after deadly fire

15:40  30 march  2020
15:40  30 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Philippine aviation officials on Monday grounded all aircraft belonging to a company that owns a plane that caught fire while taking off from Manila' s CORRECTS AIRLINE - An airport personnel walks beside the remains of a Lionair, West Wind 24 aircraft after it caught fire during take off at

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine aviation officials on Monday grounded all aircraft belonging to a company that owns a plane that caught fire while taking off from Manila's airport, killing all eight people on board.

CORRECTS AIRLINE - An airport personnel walks beside the remains of a Lionair, West Wind 24 aircraft after it caught fire during take off at Manila's International Airport in Philippines on Sunday, March 29, 2020. A plane carrying eight people has caught fire while attempting to take off from Manila's airport on a flight bound for Japan, killing all those on board, officials said. (AP Photo) © Provided by Associated Press CORRECTS AIRLINE - An airport personnel walks beside the remains of a Lionair, West Wind 24 aircraft after it caught fire during take off at Manila's International Airport in Philippines on Sunday, March 29, 2020. A plane carrying eight people has caught fire while attempting to take off from Manila's airport on a flight bound for Japan, killing all those on board, officials said. (AP Photo)

All of Lionair Inc.’s aircraft will remain grounded during the investigation of the burning of its Westwind 24 plane late Sunday, they said. The plane had been used earlier to transport medical supplies for the coronavirus outbreak.

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Fire and smoke were seen rising from a plane crash site at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, after a Tokyo-bound aircraft burst. The plane that reportedly carried medical supplies had one American and one Canadian citizens as well as six people from Philippines onboard, as media reports.

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Lionair, a Philippine-based charter company, is not related to Lion Air, an Indonesian low-cost airline.

The twin-engine aircraft was on a medical evacuation mission when it caught fire. The two passengers — from the U.S. and Canada — and six Filipino flight crew and medical personnel died when the Tokyo-bound plane burst into flames on the main runway, airport general manager Ed Monreal said.

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The fire prompted the closure of the airport's main runway and caused one international flight to be diverted.

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Company admits that fire extinguisher switch has failed a ‘small number’ of times. However, it stopped short of grounding the aircraft and instead ordered airlines to check the switch every 30 days. Company lost 6m last year after two deadly crashes forced new airliner to be grounded .

© Philippines News Agency PNA - plane crash in Manila An American and Canadian were on board the flight, according to the flight' s passenger manifest. The plane was reportedly carrying medical supplies, the Philippines News Agency said, adding that the plane caught fire on the runway.

The aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder has been recovered by investigators, officials said.

Lionair has not issued any statement about the accident. It leases executive jets, helicopters and turbo-propeller planes for domestic and foreign travel, including medical emergency flights. It was not immediately clear how many aircraft the company operates.

The Department of Health said Monday that Lionair has helped transport medical supplies, including ones used to fight the coronavirus outbreak, from Manila to central and southern provinces. The pilot and crew of the plane that caught fire at the airport had transported medical supplies to four provinces before they perished, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

The Manila airport had only minimal staff due to air travel restrictions that are part of a monthlong lockdown imposed by the government in the northern Philippine region of Luzon to fight the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

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