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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.

General details
Date: 27 September 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 6:26 UTC Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):185 km north-east of Narita International, Japan Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 1st Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: Unknown 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 208B 
Aircraft registration: VH-FAY 
Serial number: 208B0884 
Operator: CGG Aviation (Australia)  
Type of operation: Business 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Saipan, Northern Mairiana Islands
Destination:New Chitose Airport, Japan
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Last update 04 October 2018