Coronavirus: Air ambulance crashes in Philippines, kills all onboard

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An air ambulance operated by Philippines health officials crashed shortly after departure from Manila International Airport on Sunday, local media reported.

The crash killed all eight people on board, including crew and medical professionals, news website Rappler said.

The website cited airport officials as stating that the plane burst into flames after it approached the end of a runway and was about to take off around 8:00 p.m. local time. The fire has since been put out.

The medical team, which has reportedly been attending to COVID-19 patients, was heading to Haneda Airport in Japan when the incident occurred. It was unclear whether coronavirus patients were on board.

“Unfortunately, no passenger survived the accident,” Manila airport authorities said in a Twitter update of the crash.

Those killed included six Filipino and two foreigners, whom social media accounts said included one American and one Canadian.

The Philippines has about 1,500 cases of coronavirus and 71 deaths as of Sunday night.


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