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Young doctor died due to aircraft fire at NAIA


MANILA - Dr. Cenover Nicando is among the eight people who died after a medical evacuation flight caught fire on Sunday while taking off at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

This was confirmed by her sister in a Facebook post.

"I lost my brother on that flight. No words can describe how devastating it is to lose a family member in such a horrific way. How do you process something like this. How. All I know is that he fought like a hero and I can only hope that his fight would not be in vain," the former Paramita lead vocalist wrote.

Eight people on a medical evacuation mission to Tokyo, Japan died after the Agusta WW24 aircraft they were on caught fire Sunday, 8 p.m. Those who perished were an American national, a Canadian national, a flight medic, a nurse, a doctor and three flight crew.

Investigation on the incident is still ongoing, but an initial statement from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the aircraft reportedly encountered a technical problem while rolling for takeoff on Runway 06/24. The MIAA said the accident happened at the end of the runway as the aircraft was taking off.

The MIAA said its fire and rescue team was immediately dispatched to extinguish the flames that engulfed the plane.

CAAP Deputy Director General Don Mendoza said the aircraft, operated by Lionair Inc., is air-worthy and that its pilot’s licenses are current.

NAIA Runway 06/24 was opened early Monday morning. 

Source: CNN
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