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The pilot-in-command of the Cessna 210 suffered a seizure which rendered him unconscious. He was subsequently unable to safely control the aircraft. The geoscience operator, who was also a rated pilot and was sitting in the right seat of the aircraft, took control of the aircraft and diverted to and landed safely at Bourke. The geoscience operator had to continually prevent the pilot-in-command's body from inadvertently fouling the flight controls during the return flight to Bourke. After the aircraft landed, the pilot regained consciousness and underwent medical treatment. Later the same day the pilot suffered another seizure and was hospitalised for a short period.
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General details
Date: 22 January 2001 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 10:30 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation 
Release date: 02 May 2001 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210R 
Aircraft registration: VH-MOK 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Bourke NSW
Destination:Bourke NSW
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Last update 28 October 2014