Narrative:Air Philippines Flight 541 left Manila (MNL) at 05:21 and was due to land at Davao (DVO) around 06:45. At 06:56, while approaching Davao, the crew were told to discontinue the ILS runway 05 approach because of traffic on the runway (probably Philippine Airlines flight 809 which had just landed). A request to carry out a VOR/DME approach and landing in the opposite direction (runway 23) was approved by ATC. Last radio contact was at 07:01 when the pilot reported 7 miles out. Nothing more was heard from the flight when ATC tried to clear the flight to land around 07:03. The Boeing slammed into a coconut plantation in Mt. Kalangan, Sitio Camanlangan in Barangay San Isidro, disintegrated and caught fire. The accident site is around 500 feet above sea level; at that point the altitude of the aircraft should have been 1500 feet.
Weather was said to have been fair with a low cloud ceiling for Davao.
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain
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Distance from Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport as the crow flies is 958 km (599 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.