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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Datum:Freitag 11 Mai 1990
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-3Y0
Fluggesellschaft:Philippine Air Lines
Kennzeichen: EI-BZG
Werknummer: 24466/1771
Baujahr: 1989-08-24 (9 months)
Triebwerk: 2 CFMI CFM56-3B1
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 114
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 120
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) (   Philippinen)
Flugphase: Rückstellung/Schleppen (PBT)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippinen
Flug nach:Iloilo-Mandurriao Airport (ILO/RPVI), Philippinen
Flugnummer: 143
Ambient air temperatures were high - 95°F (35°C) - as the Boeing 737 was parked at Manila Airport. The air conditioning packs, located beneath the center wing fuel tank, had been running on the ground before pushback for approximately 30 to 45 minutes. The center wing fuel tank, which had not been filled since March 9, 1990, probably still contained some fuel vapors. Shortly after pushback a powerful explosion in the center fuel tank pushed the cabin floor violently upwards. The wing tanks ruptured, causing the Boeing to burst into flames. The vapors ignited probably due to damaged wiring, because no bomb, incendiary device or detonator has been found.

» Investigation Report B737-300 / PR143, 11 May 1990 Manila, Philippines (preliminary findings)
» NTSB safety recommendations A-90-100/103


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photo of Boeing-737-3Y0-EI-BZG
accident date: 11-05-1990
type: Boeing 737-3Y0
registration: EI-BZG

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 Iloilo-Mandurriao Airport as the crow flies is 451 km (282 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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