Aviation safety investigations & reports

Pilot incapacitation involving Cessna 208B, VH-DQP, near Brisbane Airport, Queensland, on 2 July 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Active
Investigation in progress


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.

General details
Date: 02 July 2020   Investigation status: Active  
Time: 1644 EST   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 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 details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 208B  
Aircraft registration VH-DQP  
Serial number 208B2069  
Type of operation General Aviation  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Cairns, Queensland  
Destination Redcliffe, Queensland  
Last update 10 August 2020