The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a reported partial pilot incapacitation involving a Piper PA-28, VH-PZG, near Bankstown Airport, New South Wales on 8 March 2021.
The aircraft departed Bankstown for a dual training flight in the Bankstown training area. About half an hour into the flight the instructor started to feel lightheaded and less focused than normal. The instructor examined the carbon monoxide card detector and observed a discolouration (positive indication). The crew then opened all fresh air vents and returned the aircraft to Bankstown.
As part of the investigation, investigators will interview the crew and review aircraft maintenance information.
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:||08 March 2021||Investigation status:||Active|
|Time:||8:30 ESuT||Investigation level:||Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||near Bankstown Aerodrome (Training Area)||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|State:||New South Wales||Occurrence type:||Flight crew incapacitation|
|Report status:||Pending||Highest injury level:||None|
|Anticipated completion:||3rd Quarter 2021|
|Aircraft manufacturer||Piper Aircraft Corp|
|Operator||AEROPRO PTY LIMITED|
|Type of operation||Flying Training|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Bankstown, NSW|