Plane carrying coronavirus medical supplies crashes, kills eight in Japan

A plane believed to be conveying coronavirus medical supplies has crashed during takeoff .

The aircraft , bound for Haneda , Japan , crashed at Manila International Airport in the Philippines, killing all the eight people on board , on Sunday.

It had reportedly been chartered by the government and was carrying emergency supplies to the country as it battles against the spread of coronavirus .

Footage from the crash scene showed huge flames as emergency services scrambled .

Pictures later emerged of the burnt – out wreckage after firefighters got the blaze under control .

The aircraft is reportedly owned by Lion Air , a charter service company in the Philippines.

Cases of coronavirus in Japan , where the plane was destined , have spiked in the last few days as the government held off placing the country on lockdown .

Tokyo governor , Yuriko Koike , had warned that the capital was entering “ an important phase in preventing an explosive rise in the number of infections . ”

He asked the 14 million people living in the city to stay at home over the weekend .

Japan ’ s Prime Minister , Shinzo Abe , also warned the country was getting closer to a national emergency .

He promised an unprecedented package to protect the world ’ s third – biggest economy from collapse .

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