Philippine Airlines Flight 137

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Philippine Airlines Flight 137
Philippine Airlines Airbus A320-214 RPC322I.jpg
A Philippine Airlines Airbus A320-214
Date March 22, 1998 (1998-03-22)
Summary Runway overrun caused by pilot error
Site Bacolod City Domestic Airport
Coordinates: 10°39′01″N 122°56′11″E / 10.65028°N 122.93639°E / 10.65028; 122.93639
Aircraft type Airbus A320-214
Operator Philippine Airlines
Registration RP-C3222
Flight origin Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Destination Bacolod City Domestic Airport
Passengers 124[1]
Crew 6[1]
Fatalities 3 (all on ground)[1]
Injuries 69 (on aircraft and ground)[2]
Survivors 130 (all on aircraft)

Philippine Airlines Flight 137 was a scheduled passenger flight from Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Bacolod City Domestic Airport.


On March 22, 1998, flight 137 overshot the runway while landing at Bacolod City Domestic Airport. There were no fatalities among the aircraft's crew and passengers, but three people died on the ground as the airliner plowed through a residential area.

The aircraft, an Airbus A320-214, tail number RP-C3222, was destroyed. It had been in service for barely three months prior to the accident.[3][4]

A selection by the pilot of the wrong mode on the onboard flight computers prevented power from being reduced to idle, which inhibited thrust reverse and spoilers from being used. The offending engine was shut down, and brakes applied, but the aircraft was unable to stop before the end of the runway.[2]

See also[edit]

  • TAM Airlines Flight 3054 – Another A320 that crashed nine years later under almost identical circumstances, with 199 fatalities.


  1. ^ a b c "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Philippines Civil Aeronautics Board (August 23, 2000). "Aircraft Investigation Report on the Accident of Philippine Airlines' Flight PR137 on the Manila-Bacolod route Last March 22, 1998". Philippines Civil Aeronautics Board. Retrieved July 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Photo Search Results". Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Photos: Airbus A320-214 Aircraft Pictures -". Retrieved 13 November 2015. 

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