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On 31 August 2009 at 1344 Eastern Standard Time, the pilot of a Beech Aircraft Corporation B200T, registered VH-LAB, suffered a seizure and was rendered unconscious, while the aircraft was descending from flight level (FL) 2002 to FL150 inbound to the Bindook VOR. The aircraft was being flown using the aircraft's autopilot coupled to the Global Positioning System (GPS). The aircraft crewman attended to the pilot and notified Air Traffic Control (ATC) of the occurrence.

In the ensuing 20 minutes, the pilot gradually regained consciousness and at 1418 initiated and successfully completed an approach and landing at Bankstown airport.

It was later determined that the pilot had a previously undiscovered medical condition that was the likely cause of the in-flight seizure.

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General details
Date: 31 August 2009 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1344 EST Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):37 km south of Bindook VOR Occurrence type:Flight crew incapacitation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 20 April 2010 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 200 
Aircraft registration: VH-LAB 
Serial number: BT-23 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Bankstown, NSW
Destination:Bankstown, NSW
 
 
 
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