Investigation number
AO-2024-029
Occurrence date
Location
near Emerald
State
Queensland
Report status
Pending
Investigation level
Short
Investigation type
Occurrence Investigation
Investigation phase
Examination and analysis
Investigation status
Active
Aviation occurrence type
Flight crew incapacitation
Occurrence category
Serious Incident
Highest injury level
Minor
Anticipated completion

The ATSB is investigating a flight crew incapacitation involving Cessna 404, VH-LAD, near Emerald, Queensland, on 11 April 2024.

During aerial survey operations in the area between Dysart and Emerald, Queensland, the pilot reported detecting smoke and fumes in the cabin. The pilot broadcast a mayday call, conducted an emergency descent and returned to Emerald Airport. The pilot and 2 passengers were taken to hospital, and there was no damage to the aircraft.

The evidence collection phase of the investigation will involve interviewing witnesses and involved parties, examination of maintenance records, retrieving and reviewing recorded data, and the collection of other relevant information.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties, so that appropriate safety action can be taken.

A final report will be published at the conclusion of the investigation.

Aircraft Details
Departure point
Emerald Airport
Destination
Emerald Airport
Model
404
Serial number
4040224
Sector
Piston
Registration
VH-LAD
Operation type
Part 138 Aerial work operations
Damage
Nil
Manufacturer
Cessna Aircraft Company