The ATSB is investigating a pilot incapacitation involving Cessna 208B, VH-DQP, near Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 2 July 2020.
The Cessna 208B was on its flight planned track from Cairns to Redcliffe, Queensland at flight level 110, when the pilot first contacted Brisbane air traffic control. The controller lost contact with the pilot 10 minutes later and the aircraft overflew its planned destination. The controller suspected the pilot had become incapacitated and another aircraft followed the 208B in an attempt to gain contact with the pilot. After communication was re-established, the aircraft was cleared to descend and diverted to Gold Coast Airport, where it landed without further incident.
The evidence collection phase of the investigation will include interviewing the pilot and other involved parties, obtaining air traffic control surveillance and audio data.
A final report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation. Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.
|Date:||02 July 2020||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||1644 EST||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Redcliffe (ALA)||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||Queensland||Occurrence type:||Flight crew incapacitation|
|Occurrence category:||Serious Incident|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||1st Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Cessna Aircraft Company|
|Type of operation||General Aviation|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Cairns, Queensland|