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Technical assistance to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines – Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board investigation of an accident involving a Beechcraft King Air 350, registered RP-C2298, about 41 km south of Manila, Philippines, on 1 September 2019

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 1 September 2019, a Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft registered RP-C2296, on an aeromedical flight from Dipolog Airport to Manila collided with terrain at Brgy. Pansol, Calamba, Laguna, Philippines about 41 km south of Manila. All of the nine occupants received fatal injuries.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines – Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board (AAIIB) requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to download the aircraft’s cockpit voice recorder (CVR).

To facilitate this support and to provide the appropriate protections for the CVR information, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative in accordance with paragraph 5.23 of ICAO Annex 13 and commenced an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

On 8 October 2019, the Fairchild A100S cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from RP-C2296, which was severely fire damaged (Figure 1), was brought to Australia by two AAIIB investigators. In the presence of the AAIIB investigators, the CVR was successfully downloaded at the ATSB data recovery facility in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. All data recovered from the CVR was provided to the AAIIB investigators to assist with their Annex 13 investigation.

Figure 1: Fairchild A100S CVR from RP-C2296

CVR from RP-C2296

Source: ATSB

The Philippines AAIIB is responsible for the investigation and release of the investigation report regarding this accident. Any enquiries regarding the investigation should be addressed to the Philippines Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board at the contact details listed below:

Aircraft Accident Investigation and Inquiry Board
Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines
Email: aaiib@caap.gov.ph
Web: www.caap.gov.ph

General details
Date: 01 September 2019   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location: Brgy. Pansol, Calamba, Laguna, about 41 km south of Manila, Philippines    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 07 January 2020   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Beechcraft  
Aircraft model B300 (King Air 350)  
Aircraft registration RP-C2296  
Serial number FL-196  
Operator Lionair Incorporated  
Type of operation Medical Transport  
Sector Turboprop  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Dipolog Airport, Philippines  
Destination Manila, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Philippines  
Last update 08 January 2020