Gov’t air assets to be used in transporting supplies amid grounding of Lionair fleet, says Nograles

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles on Tuesday said government air assets would be utilized in transporting medical supplies in other parts of the country.

“‘Yung air assets po ng ating gobyerno, ‘yun po primarily ang gagamitin po natin doon sa pagdi-distribute ng mga kinakailangan sa iba’t-ibang lugar ng ating bansa,” Nograles said during a virtual press briefing.

Nograles’ remark came following the grounding of the entire fleet of Lionair Inc. after one of its aircraft crashed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday night.

The accident killed all eight people on board the plane.

The Department of Health earlier said Lionair is its partner in serving the people of the Visayas and Mindanao. It added that the firm helps the department in transporting medical supplies to hospitals in these two regions.

Meanwhile, Nograles said the government is also coordinating with private companies as regards the use of their aircraft.

“Sa private sector din po ay nakikipagugnayan na tayo para puwede tayong gumamit ng air assets mula sa private sector…” Nograles said.

Investigation is ongoing as regards the accident.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the medical evacuation flight, bound for Haneda, Japan, reportedly encountered a technical problem while rolling for takeoff on Runway 06. — RSJ, GMA News