July 08, Sea of Okhotsk, Pacific Ocean / Pilatus PC-12


At approximately 02:45 UTC, a Pilatus PC-12/45 flying from Hakodate, Japan, to Magadan, Russia, lost engine power and was ditched in the ocean. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the three passengers were uninjured. The pilot said he was cruising at 8,100 meters when the engine failed. The aircraft descended through multiple cloud layers, breaking out 100 feet above the ocean, which had 8- to 12-foot swells. He ditched the aircraft and all four occupants boarded a life raft. About 15 hours later they were picked up by a Russian container ship.


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