The ATSB assisted the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) in their investigation into the loss of the vessel. TAIC is the lead agency in this investigation.
The inter-island ferry, the MV Princess Ashika, sank in Tongan waters 5 August 2009. There were many lives tragically lost. Pursuant to the Royal Commission Act (Cap 41) Laws of Tonga, a Royal Commission into the Sinking of the MV Princess Ashika was established.
|Date:||05 August 2009||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||Evening (UTC +13)||Investigation level:||Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||Approximately 11 nautical miles from Nomuka, Ha'apai, Tonga|
|Release date:||29 June 2010||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Type of operation||Vehicular passenger ferry|
|Damage to vessel||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Nuku'alofa, Tonga|
|Departure time||5 August 2009|
|Destination||Nomuka, Ha'apai, Tonga|