NTSB Identification: SEA03WA051
Accident occurred Monday, March 24, 2003 in Ogawa Village, Japan
Aircraft: Gulfstream Aerospace Commander 695, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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

On March 24, 2003, approximately 1050 Japan standard time, a Gulfstream Commander 695, JA8604, impacted the terrain near Ogawa Village, Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. The pilot and a second person onboard received fatal injuries, and the aircraft, which was being operated by Asia Air Survey Co., Ltd, was destroyed by the accident sequence and a post-crash fire. According to the Japanese Investigator-In-Charge, the aircraft was on a test flight in conjunction with an upcoming annual airworthiness inspection.

Reportedly, the aircraft departed Chofu Airport at 1026 Japan standard time, and the pilot made a position and aircraft-normal report about nine minutes after takeoff. Soon thereafter, without any further radio contact, the aircraft crashed into a forested area and was almost totally consumed by fire.

This report is for informational purposes only. The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Japan, and any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission (ARAIC)
Yoshiaki Miyazawa, Investigator-In-charge
2-1-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 1008918, Japan
Phone: +81-3-5253-8814

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