ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C) PI-C126 Cebu-Lahug Airport
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Date:Thursday 22 December 1960
Time:03:31 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3C)
Operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: PI-C126
MSN: 20593
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:18611
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 28 / Occupants: 37
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:4 km (2.5 mls) NNE of Cebu-Lahug Airport (   Philippines)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cebu-Lahug Airport, Philippines
Destination airport:Davao Airport (DVO/RPMD), Philippines
Flightnumber: S85
The no. 1 engine failed immediately after takeoff from Cebu runway 03. The aircraft crashed in the Talamban neighbourhood and burned 2,5 miles from the runway end and 7-8deg to the left of the centreline.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the malfunctioning of the left engine shortly after take-off but after V2 (the takeoff safety speed). Contributing factors were: 1) the darkness of the night which limited the visibility of the pilot during the emergency; and 2) the inappropriate emergency procedure(s) carried out, or resorted to by the pilot."


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Distance from Cebu-Lahug Airport to Davao Airport as the crow flies is 402 km (251 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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