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.
|Date:||31 August 2009||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1344 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||37 km south of Bindook VOR|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Flight crew incapacitation|
|Release date:||20 April 2010||Occurrence class:||Operational|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Beech Aircraft Corp|
|Type of operation||Aerial Work|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Bankstown, NSW|