THE Department of Health (DoH) on Monday confirmed that medical personnel were among the eight fatalities of a medical evacuation plane that caught fire as it took off from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday night.
“There were eight casualties, including passengers who were health workers,” said the DoH in a statement.
An American and Canadian, three crewmembers, a doctor, nurse and a flight medic were aboard the aircraft when it took off at about 8 p.m., according to reports by the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA).
The DoH said the Agusta WW24, owned by Lion Air Inc., has been instrumental in transporting medical supplies to hospitals in the Visayas and Mindanao in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19).
“Just a few hours before the accident, the aircraft finished transporting health commodities and supplies to Zamboanga, Mactan, Iloilo, and Butuan,” the DoH said.