Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DHC2-Mk1, VH-AAD, Cairns QLD, 28 September 1991

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot reported that just prior to commencing descent from a cruising level of 1000 ft, he began to feel slightly ill. As the descent was commenced, he felt violently ill and dizzy. He opened the side window for some fresh air. The passengers stated that the pilot's hands then dropped from the controls and his head fell back in a faint. A passenger in the right control seat, who had some piloting experience, took control of the aircraft while another passenger seated behind the pilot tried to revive him. The flying passenger made plans to land the aircraft near the shore but after several minutes of unconsciousness, the pilot recovered sufficiently to land the floatplane. The pilot sought medical attention and was taken off flying duties until the incident was assessed. During this time he was ill for several days with a stomach upset, as were other members of his family. The medical investigation did not reveal any underlying problem. The medical opinion was that the pilot had suffered a vaso-vagal reaction in the presence of possible gastronenteritis.

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General details
Date: 28 September 1991   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1050    
Location   (show map): Cairns    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 16 December 1991   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Canada  
Aircraft model DHC-2  
Aircraft registration VH-AAD  
Serial number 140  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Opal Reef QLD  
Departure time 1020(approx)  
Destination Trinity Inlet QLD  
Last update 13 May 2014