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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  
Location   (show map):Cowell Aerodrome, 200° M 41 km Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation 
Release date: 14 October 2010 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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Last update 14 November 2018