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Accident description
Last updated: 21 November 2017
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Date:Saturday 2 March 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-30-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: PI-C489
C/n / msn: 32863/16115
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mt. Boca (   Philippines)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cotabato-Awang Airport (CBO/RPMC), Philippines
Destination airport:Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO/RPMD), Philippines
Flightnumber: 984
Narrative:
Flight 984 departed Cotobato at 09:40 for a 45-minute flight to Davao.
Nothing more was heard from the flight after a request for Davao weather. The plane was later found to have crashed into Mt. Boca at 3000 feet, 50 miles SE of Davao.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of the accident was due to navigational error, en-route and during let-down. Contributory factors were the limited visibility and the crosswind, all existing on the final phase of the flight."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume II, Circular 78-AN/66 (159-162)


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Distance from Cotabato-Awang Airport to Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport as the crow flies is 158 km (99 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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