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Last updated: 22 October 2019
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Date:Wednesday 29 June 1966
Time:ca 12:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-90-DL (DC-3)
Operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: PI-C17
C/n / msn: 20573
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 24
Total:Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 28
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Sablayan (   Philippines)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mamburao Airport (MBO/RPUM), Philippines
Destination airport:?
Flightnumber: 785
Narrative:
Flight 785 took off from Mamburao at 12:04 for a flight to San Jose. After requesting terminal weather information at 12:15 nothing more was heard from the flight. The DC-3 was later found to have crashed at 2300 feet msl in a ravine of the northern slope of Mount Rabańgan (3500 ft high).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Misjudgement of the terrain clearance of which resulted to the collision with trees. IMC enroute accompanied by severe turbulence and strong gusty wind over the crash site was a contributory factor."

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 96-AN/79


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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 3793rd loss
  • 1442nd fatal accident
  • 64th worst accident (at the time)
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