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Last updated: 12 November 2019
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 16 December 1965
Time:17:22
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3A
Operator:Air Manila International
Registration: PI-C856
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) SW of Legaspi Airport (LGP) (   Philippines)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Manila International Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Destination airport:Legaspi Airport (LGP/RPLP), Philippines
Flightnumber: 101
Narrative:
Air Manila Flight AM101 was a scheduled domestic flight from Manila to Legaspi. It took off from Manila International Airport at 15:05 hours . At 1640 hours it established initial contact with Legaspi Radio; reported 7 minutes north-west of the field and requested weather and landing information. Legaspi Radio reported a surface wind of 040 degrees at 8 kts, visibility 5 km, clouds 6 oktas at 450 metres, 8 oktas at 2100 metres, temperature 24C, dewpoint 24C and runway in use 06. At 1716 hours the flight inquired again about the present weather and the 1700 hours weather observation was passed to the aircraft. At 17:18 the flight was seen turning for a landing on runway 24. The landing roll was fast, tail wheel high at approximately 300 m after the threshold of runway 24 . Before the tail wheel came into contact with the runway full power was applied and the aircraft was observed airborne. At approximately 200 ft altitude, it initiated a tight left turn collided with the top of a tree and then hit a building located two miles southwest of Legaspi Airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was a power stall during a tight turn manoeuvre at insufficiently low altitude where successful recovery was impossible."

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume III (141-144)


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Distance from Manila International Airport to Legaspi Airport as the crow flies is 329 km (205 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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