Plane explosion in Philippines kills eight, including two foreigners

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(Reuters) – A medical evacuation plane exploded during take-off in the Philippine capital on Sunday, killing all eight passengers and crew, including an American and a Canadian, officials said. 

The plane, owned by a Philippines-registered charter service Lionair, had been bound for Haneda, Japan, but burst into flames at the end of the runway around 8 p.m. (1200 GMT), Manila’s main airport said. 

The twin-jet West Wind 24 plane was carrying three medical personnel, three flight crew, a patient and a companion, Richard Gordon, a senator and head of the Philippine Red Cross, said on Twitter. 

“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said in a statement. 

An investigation by the Civil Aeronautics Authority of the Philippines was under way, MIAA said.

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