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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1031
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Time:01:45 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-44-180 Seminole
Owner/operator:Airflite Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-CZE
MSN: 4496212
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pacific Ocean, 980 km NE Hilo, Hawaii at 25'3.0" N, 147'26" W -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Santa Barbara, USA (SBA/KSBA)
Destination airport:Hilo, Hawaii, USA (ITO/PHTO)
Investigating agency: ATSB
At 1323 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) (0623 US Pacific Daylight Saving Time), on 9 June 2006, a Piper PA-44-180 Seminole aircraft, registered VH-CZE, departed Santa Barbara, California, USA, for Hilo, Hawaii. The aircraft was one of two Seminoles that were being ferried in-company to Australia under the instrument flight rules. At about 2050 UTC, the pilot in command advised US Air Traffic Services that the left engine had failed and that the aircraft would have to be ditched as the aircraft was 7 hrs from Hilo but only had 5 hrs of fuel endurance remaining. At about 0145 UTC, the aircraft ditched into International Waters, in the Pacific Ocean, at 25 degrees 3.0 minutes north latitude and 147 degrees 26 minutes west longitude, 980 Km North East of Hilo, Hawaii

The pilot and co-pilot exited the aircraft uninjured and were rescued by a nearby ship. The aircraft sank and was not recovered.

The pilot reported that more fuel was being drawn from the ferry fuel tank than was expected. In addition, a 5 cm x 1 cm scorch mark could be seen just above the landing gear observation mirror on the left inboard engine cowl. Following discussions with the pilot of the accompanying Seminole, the pilot decided to shut down the left engine. Prior to ditching, the pilot restarted the left engine to prevent an asymmetric situation on touchdown.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

26-Jan-2008 23:06 Andrew Whitton Added
15-Apr-2014 18:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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