Narrative:The flight took off from Malabang at 15:40 with the pilot-in-command in the right-hand seat and the copilot in the left-hand seat. The pilot flew VFR for about 10 minutes towards Lake Lanao (elevation 2300 feet). Weather turned from bad to worse, but the pilot continued VFR, switching to IFR a little later. Shortly after requesting the Iligan weather, the DC-3 struck a clump of trees on a ridge at 2700 feet amsl. The plane lost control, crashed and burned.
|Date:||Friday 21 February 1964|
|Operator:||Philippine Air Lines|
|C/n / msn:|| 14944/26389|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 29|
|Total:||Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 32 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Marawi (Philippines)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Malabang Airport (MLP/RPWM), Philippines|
|Destination airport:||Iligan-Maria Cristina Airport (IGN/RPWX), Philippines|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot factor: The pilot continued to fly VFR into unfavourable weather. The weather enroute and at the destination was below VFR minima. The pilot flew at low altitude over mountainous terrain in instrument meteorological conditions. Weather factor: Low ceiling, limited visibility and rain contributed to the accident. Turbulence characterized by downdrafts or updrafts were prevalent over the mountainous area at low altitude."
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16, Circular 82-AN/69 (30-33)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Malabang Airport to Iligan-Maria Cristina Airport as the crow flies is 59 km (37 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.