Aviation safety investigations & reports

Collision with water involving Cessna 208B, VH-FAY, 185 km NE of Tokyo, Japan, on 27 September 2018

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress
Phase: Final report: Internal review Read more information on this investigation phase


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 level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 185 km north-east of Narita International, Japan   Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review  
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
  Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Pending   Highest injury level: Unknown  
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2019    

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 17 July 2019