Date & Time: Feb 21, 1964 at 1600 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas C-47 Skytrain (DC-3)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Malabang – Iligan
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The aircraft departed Malabang at 1540LT under VFR rules in good weather conditions. While overflying the Lanao Lake at an altitude of 2,300 feet, weather conditions worsened but the captain decided to continue under VFR mode. Approaching Marawi in poor visibility, the aircraft struck the slope of a mountain and disintegrated on impact. A passenger survived while 31 other occupants were killed.
Pilot factor: The pilot continued to fly VFR into unfavourable weather. The weather enroute and at the destination was below VFR minima. The pilot flew at low altitude over mountainous terrain in instrument meteorological conditions. Weather factor: Low ceiling, limited visibility and rain contributed to the accident. Turbulence characterized by downdrafts or updrafts were prevalent over the mountainous area at low altitude.