MALACANANG yesterday called for a “thorough” investigation of the accident involving a medical evacuation plane that burst into flames during takeoff at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday.
“There must be a thorough investigation of the incident and the concerned government agencies must undertake measures to secure the safety of private aircraft as well as their passengers and crew,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
The accident killed all eight passengers and crew on board the Lionair plane bound for Japan, prompting the government to ground the entire fleet of Lionair Inc. pending the result of the investigation.
“We are so sad to learn that a plane crashed last night taking the lives of the eight persons on board,” Panelo said.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the grieving families of those who perished in the crash