Wreckage found in the search for aircraft with Norwegian pilot in Japan

Japanese authorities confirm that the wreckage found in the sea off the coast of Fukushima are from the missing Norwegian plane.

Japan’s transport department says that the paint and the colors of two of the parts found in the sea make them conclude that they come from the door of the missing Cessna 208 aircraft, writes the Mainichi newspaper .

The pieces were found by a helicopter from the Japanese Air Force off the coast of Fukushima, near where the small plane disappeared from the radar on Thursday afternoon, reports the Japanese National Broadcasting Corporation NHK .

The search is still ongoing after the 66-year-old Norwegian man who was the pilot and the only person on board the plane.

“We are aware that a small plane with a Norwegian citizen is reported missing outside the coast of Japan. The Norwegian embassy in Tokyo is now working closely with the Japanese authorities. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also been in contact with the husband’s relatives, says Lunde.

Minister Tord Tukun at the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo says they are in constant contact with the authorities in the country.

“We were informed by Japanese authorities and through media around 19 o’clock on Thursday night,” said Tukun.

No emergency message

The small plane was located across the Pacific Ocean about 100 kilometers east of Fukushima, when it disappeared from the radar on Thursday afternoon. There was no emergency warning from the aircraft before it disappeared.

NHK reports that both the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard contribute in the exploration action. The plane is a single-engine Cessna 208. It took off the Pacific island of Saipan in the morning and was scheduled to land at Shin Chitose Airport in Hokkaido north of Japan at 15.50 local time. The trip was estimated to take around nine hours.

It was the last recorded contact with the plane just before 12 o’clock before it disappeared from the radar around 15:30.

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