Looking Back: Samal Island on 19 April 2000

“The wreckage has been located. There were no survivors,” Air Transportation Office chief Jacinto Ortega said as an Air Philippines passenger plane crashed on Samal Island killing all 131 people on board.

The Boeing 737-200 flight number 541, which was flying from Manila to Davao, disappeared from airport radar screens shortly before the scheduled landing time.

An Air Philippines official said the plane, manufactured 22 years ago, was carrying 124 passengers – including four babies – six crew and one mechanic.

Mr Ortega said the weather was fair, the visibility was good and there were no immediate details of what caused the crash.

It was the worst aviation disaster in the country and the number 88th in the world. It will be the crash’s 7th anniversary on April 19. (News archives).


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