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RP-C5880 Played an Important Role in Fight vs CoviD-19


Last night, an IAI-1124A Westwind II caught fire and eventually burst to flames at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) before performing its take-off roll, taking the lives of 6 crew and 2 passengers on a Medvac flight. The aircraft was bound for Tokyo Haneda airport when it was given clearance to take-off from runway 06 at about 8:00PM. The plane never took-off.
The aircraft with registry RP-C5880 was said to be flying a patient from Manila to Japan when the unfortunate incident happened. Sadly, no one survived the incident.

Looking back on the aircraft's previous flights, it did perform a lot of humanitarian missions and prior to this medvac flight, RP-C5880 played an important role in the fight versus the Coronavirus (CoviD-19). The aircraft was also chartered by the Philippines' Department of Health to fly medical supplies to different parts of the country.
Photo credits: DOH
Photos from the DOH shows the aircraft being loaded with medical supplies to be transported to different parts of the country. Last March 28, a day before the incident, RP-C5880 flew from Manila to Zamboanga to Butuan then back to Zamboanga then to Manila as shown in tracker FlightRadar24.
Below are more pictures from the DOH showing RP-C5880 carrying medical supplies and equipment essential in the fight versus the CoviD-19. Sad that on another humanitarian flight, the aircraft burst to flames and had claimed the lives of 6 crew and 2 passengers.




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