LAX06WA202
LAX06WA202

On June 9, 2006, about 0153 universal coordinated time (UTC), a Piper PA-44-180, Australian registry VH-CZE, ditched about 500 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, in international waters of the Pacific Ocean. Airflite PTY LTD was operating the airplane under the provisions of the Australian Civil Aviation Regulations. The two pilots were not injured; the airplane was destroyed. The international trans-Pacific ferry flight departed Santa Barbara, California, en route to Hilo. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had been filed. The ditching occurred at 25 degrees 3.0 minutes north latitude and 147 degrees 26 minutes west longitude.

Preliminary information indicated that one engine lost power.

The accident is under the jurisdiction of and is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Further information can be obtained from:

Australian Transport Safety Bureau
15 Mort Street, Braddon ACT 2612, Australia
P.O. Box 967, Civic Square ACT 2608, Australia

Phone +61 2 6274 6464
Fax +61 2 6274 6699
Web site www.atsb.gov.au

This report is for information purposes only, and contains only information obtained for, or released by, the Government of Australia.

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