Investigation of air accident at sea 11 NM south of Mandal, Norway


On 22 June 2019, the Police requested The Flight Service in the Norwegian Air Sports Federation to search for a supposedly dead person in the sea south of Mandal. LN-MTJ, a Piper PA-28-161 stationed at Sola, took off from Kjevik at 1217 hours and set course for the assigned search area. After a short search period, the engine lost power. Although the commander was able to restart the engine, it could not prevent the aircraft from hitting the sea at approximately 1255 hours.

The plane sank immediately, however the three on board evacuated quickly and inflated their lifejackets. They were rescued after almost six hours in the sea. The unconscious commander was flown to Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo (OUS) with life-threatening injuries. The two with moderate injuries has been interviewed by the AIBN.

The AIBN has decided not to raise the wreckage from the seabed.

Latest update: 25.06.2019

In the sea about 11 NM south of Mandal, Vest-Agder County, Norway
Occurrence date
Piper PA-28 Cherokee/Arrow/Archer m.fl.
Meteorological conditions
Type of occurrence
Type of operation
Private (club)
Category of operation
Light, aeroplane (< 5 700kg)
Aircraft category
Landplane, Single-engine, Piston engine
ENSV (Stavanger ATCC)
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