Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 2 February 1998
Time:ca 11:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Cebu Pacific Air
Registration: RP-C1507
C/n / msn: 47069/175
First flight: 1967
Total airframe hrs:73784
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 99 / Occupants: 99
Total:Fatalities: 104 / Occupants: 104
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:45 km (28.1 mls) NE of Cagayan de Oro-Lumbia Airport (CGY) (   Philippines) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tacloban-D. Z. Romualdez Airport (TAC/RPVA), Philippines
Destination airport:Cagayan de Oro-Lumbia Airport (CGY/RPML), Philippines
Flightnumber: 387
Narrative:
Cebu Pacific Flight 387 departed Manila at 09:16 for a flight to Cagayan de Oro. The flight made an unscheduled stop at Tacloban at 09:53 to deliver some spare tires for another Cebu Pacific DC-9 (RP-C1506) stranded at Tacloban. The flight left Tacloban again after 9 minutes for a 61-minute flight to Cagayan de Oro. Last radio contact was at 10:48 while flying at FL115 over Claveria.
Local residents heard an explosion around 11:00 near the 8200 feet high Mount Balatucan. The aircraft was reportedly two miles off course when it hit the mountain.


Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 09.02.1998 (79)
» Charles Cole
» Manila Bulletin
» Manila Times
» Philippine Daily Inquirer
» Bill Harms, Thomas Maurer, Mark Stephenson


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Distance from Tacloban-D. Z. Romualdez Airport to Cagayan de Oro-Lumbia Airport as the crow flies is 314 km (196 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.
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