Philippine Airlines Flight 206
|Date||June 26, 1987|
|Summary||Controlled flight into terrain due to bad weather|
|Site||Mount Ugu, Benguet, Philippines
|Aircraft type||Hawker Siddeley HS 748|
|Flight origin||Manila Domestic Airport, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Destination||Loakan Airport, Baguio City|
Philippine Airlines Flight 206 (PR206) was the route designator of a domestic flight from the Manila Domestic Airport, Metro Manila, Philippines to Loakan Airport, Baguio City. On June 26, 1987, the Hawker Siddeley HS 748 crashed onto a mountain en route to Baguio City, killing all 50 persons on board.
On the morning of June 26, 1987, Flight 206 departed the Manila Domestic Airport for Loakan Airport in Baguio City, around 250 kilometers north of Manila. It was scheduled to arrive at 11:10:00 Philippine Standard Time in Baguio, a city with an altitude of about 1500 meters. As the plane approached Baguio City, its pilot reported poor visibility. A monsoon was also reported in the area. Flight 206 disappeared from the radar screens around ten minutes before it was scheduled to land.
The wreckage of the plane was discovered five hours after it had gone missing. Flight 206 had crashed onto the fog-shrouded slopes of Mount Ugu, a 2,086 meter-high mountain located between Itogon, Benguet and Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya. The crash site was located around 180 meters below the summit of Mount Ugu, and 15 kilometers south of Loakan Airport.
There were no survivors among the 46 passengers and 4 crew members on the plane. Most of the fatalities were Filipinos, including Catholic Bishop Bienvenido Tudtud, Prelate of Marawi City, and Gloria Mapua-Lim, wife of Philippine Airlines executive vice-president Roberto Lim. At least one American citizen, John Neill who was then the Managing Director of Texas Instruments Philippines in Baguio city, died in the crash.
The crash of Flight 206 was, at that time, the second worst commercial aviation accident in Philippine history. The death toll has since been superseded by the crashes involving Cebu Pacific Air Flight 387 in 1998, and Air Philippines Flight 541 in 2000.
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