Narrative:Filipinas Orient Flight 60 was a scheduled domestic flight from Lahug Airport, Cebu City, to Bacolod Airport. It departed Lahug Airport at 15:19 on a VFR flight plan and six minutes later it made contact with Cebu Control Tower giving its ETA at Bacolod as 15:55. Nothing further was heard from the flight. En route the right wing tip hit some tree tops, located on Mount Kanlaon. The aircraft then swerved to the right and its left wing cut a tree one foot in diameter. The left wing was severed from the root when the aircraft finally rested on the slope of the mountain, 100 feet below the mountain ridge of Mount Kantakan (elevation 4300 ft). The wreckage was spotted seven days after the accident.
Probable Cause:PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was an error of judgment on the part of the pilot to fly VFR into an instrument meteorological condition resulting in a collision with the terrain."
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain
» ICAO Circular 88/74 Volume III (35-38)
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Distance from Cebu Airport to Bacolod Airport as the crow flies is 120 km (75 miles).