Aviation safety investigations & reports

Pilot incapacitation - Beech aircraft B200T, VH-LAB, 37 km south of Bindook VOR, NSW, 31 August 2009

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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 level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 37 km south of Bindook VOR    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation  
Release date: 20 April 2010   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 14 November 2018