NTSB Identification: SEA05WA193
Accident occurred Sunday, September 11, 2005 in Port Hardy, Canada
Aircraft: Cessna A185F, registration: N70365
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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

On September 11, 2005, at 2039 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna A185F, N70365, was destroyed when it impacted water near Port Hardy, British Columbia, Canada. The airline transport pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The cross-country flight had originated from Ketchikan, Alaska, at 1746, and Port Hardy was its destination. A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter pilot that flew to the impact area after the accident reported an overcast cloud condition of 2,000 feet; the pilot said that it was a "very, very dark night." The pilot had filed a VFR flight plan.

The pilot was bringing the airplane back from Alaska for the owner. After approximately 3 hours of flight, radar data indicated that he was descending. The pilot was talking to Canadian air traffic control. After his last transmission, radar data indicated that the airplane did two left hand 360 degree turns and then disappeared from the screen.

The accident is under the jurisdiction of the Canadian government's Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Further information can be obtained from:

TSB,
Alec Moffat,
#4-3071 Number Five Road,
Richmond, B.C. V6X 2T4,
Canada.

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