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Last updated: 17 January 2020
Date:Thursday 27 September 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Supervan 900
Operator:CGG Aviation Australia
Registration: VH-FAY
C/n / msn: 208B0884
First flight: 2001
Engines: 1 Honeywell TPE331-12JR
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:120 km (75 mls) E off Sendai, Japan (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Saipan International Airport (SPN/PGSN), Northern Mariana Islands
Destination airport:Sapporo-Chitose Airport (CTS/RJCC), Japan
A Cessna 208B Supervan 900, registered VH-FAY, crashed into the Pacific Ocean, at 120 km east of Sendai, Japan. The sole Norwegian pilot was missing and assumed to have died.
The plane took off from Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, USA at ca. 07:00 Japan Standard Time (JST) for an international flight to New Chitose, Japan with estimated flight time of 9 hours. Though the position report at 10:23 JST was normally established, the next report planned at 11:44 JST was not received by the Japanese ATC. Two F-4's of Japan Air Self-Defense Force noticed the aircraft flying normally at 14:50 JST over the Pacific Ocean, but could not establish any radio contact with the flight. They lost the Caravan due to clouds. Radar contact with the flight was lost at 15:28 JST. Parts of the plane were found floating on the water at 17:23 LT.

The aircraft was modified for geophysical survey work and converted to a Texas Turbine Conversions Supervan 900 using an 850 hp Honeywell TPE331-12JR engine (as opposed to the standard 675 hp PT6A-114A engine), and a 4-bladed prop.



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accident date: 27-09-2018
type: Cessna 208B Supervan 900
registration: VH-FAY

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Saipan International Airport to Sapporo-Chitose Airport as the crow flies is 3082 km (1926 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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