Update: 27 September 2019
The investigation into uncontrolled flight into water involving Cessna 208B, VH-FAY, 260 km north-east of Tokyo, Japan, on 27 September 2018 is continuing.
ATSB investigators have so far gathered and analysed numerous information sources including:
- radar and GPS data
- recorded audio transmissions
- photographs of the aircraft in flight
- aircraft documentation
- pilot qualifications and experience
- fuel supply and consumption data
- procedures and planning in relation to oxygen management
- in-flight weather conditions
- the aircraft operator’s procedures in relation to the ferry flight.
The investigation is currently in the internal review phase. During this phase, the draft investigation report undergoes a rigorous internal review process to ensure it adequately and accurately reflects the evidence collected, analysis, and agreed findings of the Safety Factor Review.
If the review identifies any issues with the report, such as information that needs to be expanded or findings that need to be modified, investigators will look to collect new evidence or conduct additional examination and analysis of existing evidence.
Once the internal review phase is complete, a draft of the final report will be sent to all directly involved parties for their comment before the report is finalised and published.
Currently, the anticipated completion and publication release date of the final report is during the fourth quarter of 2019. However, should any critical safety issues be identified during any phase of this investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.
Initial summary: 4 October 2018
The ATSB is investigating a collision with water involving Cessna 208B, VH-FAY, 185 km NE of Tokyo, Japan, on 27 September 2018.
During a ferry flight from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands to New Chitose Airport, Japan, the aircraft disappeared from radar over the Pacific Ocean. Parts of the destroyed aircraft were subsequently located during an air and sea search at the last recorded position, approximately 185 km north-east of Tokyo. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, has not been located.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will review available data and gather additional information.
A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.
|Date:||27 September 2018||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||0626 UTC||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||185 km north-east of Narita International, Japan||Investigation phase:||Final report: Internal review|
|State:||International||Occurrence type:||Collision with terrain|
|Release date:||27 September 2019||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||Unknown|
|Anticipated completion:||4th Quarter 2019|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Operator||CGG Aviation (Australia)|
|Type of operation||Business|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Saipan, Northern Mairiana Islands|
|Destination||New Chitose Airport, Japan|