LATEST NEWS: Plane explodes on take-off in Philippines, killing all aboard

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A plane heading to Tokyo crashed at takeoff from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, the capital of the Philippines. The Philippine news agency reportedly carried medical care and confirmed that the Lion Air flight RPC5880 had caught fire on the runway.

All eight people on board – including six Filipinos, an American and a Canadian – are said to have been killed. According to Richard Gordon, spokesman for the Red Cross, passengers included medical personnel.

The Philippines Civil Aviation Authority said the plane apparently encountered an unspecified “problem that caused a fire” at launch.

Ninoy Aquino International had minimal staff due to air travel restrictions that are part of a month-long ban imposed by the government to combat the Coronavirus outbreak in the northern Philippine region of Luzon, which is the capital of Manila, officials added.

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