N660NR Pilatus PC-12/45 ditching location
July 8, 2001 takeoff 00:10Z, operation was normal until 02:45Z. On King KLM90B? autopilot cruise at FL270. The PT6A turboprop engine was shut down after they heard loud noise. Temperature gauge was monitored. Relight unsuccessful. The propeller remained feathered. Descent into cloud. Ceiling 100ft.
Flap up, gear up ditching at 03:00Z. Stall speed in this configuration is 65kt. Damage to the airplane they noticed was only one side of winglet ripped off and floating on water. All four were in exposure suits when they ditched. A liferaft was thrown out to a calm sea. In addition to the survival gears/food in a bag, they collected food onboard (and even passports and wallets) during descent and brought them onto the 6-man raft. Two could lay down at a time due to its space.
A cargoship came straight at them next morning. They sent up a flare. The ship responded by light gun. After rescue by the Russian cargoship at 18:30Z, they flew on a Russian helicoper from the top of a container on the ship to Yuzinosakalinsk/UHSS. They took an airliner to Hakodate Airport.
Last ATC contact : N47deg50min E146deg00min
Mayday transmission and reception by a Delta Airlines : N49deg31min E145deg56min
Last radar contact / Estimated Ditching location : N49deg39min E145deg16min
Rescue pick-up by a Russian container ship : 39 NM south of the last radar contact location
Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO)
KHUDOZHNIK N. RERIKH VLADIVOSTOK
SafetyNET EGC DISTRESS MESSAGE
Date: Jul.08, 2001 UTC time: 13:01 Station ID: 203 Sequence no. 2197 Distress Alert to Circular Area
ZCZC DISTRESS INFORMATION AN AIRCRAFT (AIRCRAFT NO.N660NR 4CREW TYPE PIRATUS PC-12) MISSING SINCE LAST CONTACT AT 080250UTC EN ROUTE FROM HAKODATE TO MAGADAN (RUSSIA). RADAR LOST POSITION 49-39N 145-16E. SHIPS IN THE VICINITY ARE REQUESTED TO KEEP A SHARP LOOKOUT AND REPORT ANY INFORMATION TO JAPAN COAST GUARD. NNNN
SafetyNET EGC URGENT MESSAGE
Date: Jul.08, 2001 UTC time: 20:41 Station ID: 203 Sequence no. 2201 MET NAVAREA Warning or MET Forecast Navarea XI
ZCZC CANCELLATION FM JAPAN COAST GUARD 082010Z JUL 2001 CANCELLATION OUR DISTRESS INFORMATION ABOUT AN AIRCRAFT (NO.N660NR 4CREW TYPE PIRATUS PC-12). BECAUSE ALL CREW WERE RESCUED SAFELY. NNNN