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Last updated: 15 October 2019
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Date:Sunday 23 May 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic BA11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
BAC One-Eleven 527FK
Operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: RP-C1161
C/n / msn: 213
First flight: 1970
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 82
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 87
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Zamboanga Airport (ZAM) (   Philippines)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO/RPMD), Philippines
Destination airport:Manila International Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Flightnumber:PR116
Narrative:
Philippine Air Lines flight 116 was en route between Davao City and Manila, Philippines on May 21, 1976 when six passengers hijacked the aircraft and forced the crew to land at Zamboanga. They demanded a ransom of USD 375,000 and a plane to fly them to Libya. At Zamboanga the aircraft was surrounded by troops and armoured military vehicles.
The next day the hijackers allowed five women and nine children to leave aircraft in return for a supply of food and water form the authorities.
On May 23, security forces tried to storm the plane and a gun battle broke out, during which some grenades were set off by the hijackers. Ten passengers and three hijackers were killed. The remaining 3 hijackers were caught and sentenced to death.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA
» British Pathé video of the evacuation of the aircraft


Photos

photo of BAC-One-Eleven-527FK-RP-C1161
accident date: 23-05-1976
type: BAC One-Eleven 527FK
registration: RP-C1161
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Davao City-Francisco Bangoy International Airport to Manila International Airport as the crow flies is 959 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.
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