The ATSB is investigating a pilot incapacitation involving a Piper PA-31, VH-TWU, operated by Vortex Air, near King Island Airport, Tasmania on 8 November 2018.
The aircraft was conducting a freight flight from Devonport Airport to King Island Airport.
During the cruise, the pilot, who was the only person on board, fell asleep resulting in the aircraft overflying King Island by 46 km.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and review operational procedures.
A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.
|Date:||08 November 2018||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||07:15 AESuT||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near King Island||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Tasmania||Occurrence type:||Flight crew incapacitation|
|Report status:||Pending||Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Expected completion:||1st Quarter 2019||Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Piper Aircraft Corp|
|Type of operation||Air Transport Low Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Devonport, Tas.|
|Destination||King Island, Tas.|