Aviation safety investigations & reports

Flight crew incapacitation involving a Cessna Aircraft Company 210R, VH-MOK, 111km N Bourke, NSW on 22 January 2001

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation  
Release date: 02 May 2001   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

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