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Last updated: 26 November 2021
Date:Saturday 22 March 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operator:Fleming Airways System Transport
Registration: PI-C626
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 37
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 40
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bacolod Airport (BCD) (   Philippines)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bacolod Airport (BCD/RPVB), Philippines
Destination airport:Manila Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
The DC-3 departed Manila for a non-scheduled flight to Cebu and a return flight via Marindugue, Iloilo and Bacolod. At 12:10 the flight took off for the last leg from Bacolod to Manila. At 5 to 8 feet from the ground the aircraft banked left. The pilot did not succeed in regaining control of the aircraft and decided to crash-land. A fire broke out after impact, destroying the main front section of the plane.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The captain prematurely 'lifted' the aircraft before attaining the V2 speed. A contributing factor could have been the presence of the 25 to 30 mph crosswind."

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (103-104)


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Distance from Bacolod Airport to Manila Airport as the crow flies is 475 km (297 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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