ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-3C RP-C550 Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 17 October 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3C
Operator:Victoria Air
Registration: RP-C550
MSN: 25737/14292
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 3,5 km SW of Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) (   Philippines)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Destination airport:Puerto Princesa Airport (PPS/RPVP), Philippines
A Douglas DC-3 operated by Victoria Air, was destroyed when it crashed in a warehouse shortly after takeoff from Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), Philippines. The airplane took off from runway 24 at 11:56. The airplane reportedly carried a cargo consisting of six drums of aircraft fuel on a domestic flight to Puerto Princesa Airport (PPS). Shortly after takeoff the crew informed the Manila Tower controller that they were returning due to a technical problem. The crew did not declare an emergency. Air traffic control cleared the flight to turn around an land on runway 06. The pilot was not able to maintain altitude and the aircraft crashed some 3,5 km short of runway 06. It came down on an abandoned warehouse and burst into flames.

Probable Cause:

The Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board determine that the probable causes of this accident were the following:
- Non-procedural application of power during take-off and initial climb that led to left engine malfunction.
- The questionable qualifications of the flight crew.
- Low level of competence of the pilots.
- Not feathering the left engine.
- Turning towards the bad engine.
- Not declaring an emergency.

Flightcrew un(der)qualified
Loss of control

» 4 killed as planes crashes into Las Piñas warehouse (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 17-10-2009)
» Accident report summary

Follow-up / safety actions

AAIIB issued 4 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Douglas-DC-3C-RP-C550
accident date: 17-10-2009
type: Douglas DC-3C (C-47D)
registration: RP-C550

Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
AUG 1944 43-48476 United States Army Air Force - USAAF delivered
43-48476 United States Army Air Force - USAAF converted from C-47B-1-DK to C-47D
18 SEP 1947 43-48476 United States Air Force - USAF new name
1949 43-48476 United States Air Force - USAF converted from C-47D to VC-47D
24 NOV 1952 United States Air Force - USAF accident at Washington, DC
FEB 1967 43-48476 United States Air Force - USAF converted from VC-47D to C-47D
MAY 1967 348476 South Vietnam Air Force delivered
29 MAY 1973 348476 Philippine Air Force delivered
JUL 1984 RP-C550 Philair bought
MAY 2001 RP-C550 Victoria Air

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 Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Puerto Princesa Airport as the crow flies is 581 km (363 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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