NTSB Identification: NYC99WA039
Accident occurred Saturday, December 19, 1998 in ST JOHN'S, Canada
Aircraft: Cessna U206G, registration: N4688C
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On December 19, 1998, at 1513 Atlantic Standard Time, a Cessna U206G, N4688C, was destroyed after a forced landing at sea, about 190 nautical miles southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland. The certificated private pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. An international flight plan was filed for the flight between Santa Maria Airport (LPAZ), Azores, Portugal, and St. John's Airport (CYYT). The ferry flight was conducted under international flight rules.

According to Canadian aviation authorities, the pilot advised Gander Approach Control Center that he was encountering strong headwinds, and that he did not have sufficient fuel to make it to St. John's. A search and rescue aircraft was in the area, and suggested the pilot try to ditch in the vicinity of the Hibernia oil rig. The pilot ditched near the platform in heavy seas. He survived the landing, but perished as a result of the icy water.

According to a representative of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the pilot ditched about 300 meters in front of the oil rig's supply boat. The boat came alongside, and the pilot requested a line be thrown to him. The pilot was wearing an exposure suit, but it was not zipped up. The line was thrown, but the pilot did not respond to it. Two crewmen from the supply boat descended a rope ladder, and attempted to pull the pilot up in 40-foot seas. However, the weight of the pilot and the water in the exposure suit in the high seas made recovery impossible. The crew was finally able to secure the pilot with netting, and brought him onboard. The crew gave the pilot CPR for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, while transferring him to the oil rig. The pilot was eventually transferred to a hospital in St. Johns, but was never resuscitated.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction of Canada. Further information may be obtained from:

Transportation Safety Board of Canada 23 East Wilmot Street Richmond Hill, Ontario L4B1A3 Tel: (905) 771-7676

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