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Crew incapacitation - VH-­KDQ, Cowell Aerodrome, 200 degrees M 41 km, 22 June 2010

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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On 22 June 2010, a Saab 340B aircraft, registered VH-KDQ, was conducting a passenger charter flight from Adelaide to Ceduna, South Australia (SA). After departure, the copilot notified the pilot in command (PIC) that he was feeling unwell. The copilot's condition deteriorated to the point where he was unable to continue the flight to Ceduna. Shortly after reaching the top of climb, the pilot in command (PIC) decided to return the aircraft to Adelaide due to the copilot's deteriorating condition.

During the event, air traffic control (ATC) was not made aware of the reasons for the aircraft returning to Adelaide. Had the wellbeing of the copilot deteriorated further during the return to Adelaide, there may have been unnecessary delays in medical help being available.

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General details
Date: 22 June 2010   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0715 CST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Cowell Aerodrome, 200° M 41 km    
State: South Australia   Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation  
Release date: 14 October 2010   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer S.A.A.B. Aircraft Co  
Aircraft model 340  
Aircraft registration VH-KDQ  
Serial number 340B-325  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Adelaide, SA  
Destination Ceduna, SA  
Last update 14 November 2018