Friday, August 15, 2014

ATSB Also Investigating Flight Crew Incapacitation Event Involving AAM Reims F406 VH-EYQ near Emerald Airport

And another investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has commenced into an incident involving Bayswater Road / Australian Aerial Mapping (AAM) Reims Aviation F406 VH-EYQ near Emerald on Friday 1 August.

VH-EYQ at Gladstone Airport  (File photo taken by Jamie C  ©)

The ATSB reports that:  "Based upon radio communications, Air Traffic Control (ATC) grew concerned that the pilot may be suffering the effects of hypoxia. ATC advised the pilot to go onto oxygen and cleared the aircraft to descend. The aircraft subsequently landed safely."

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will gather information from the aircraft operator and the pilot. A report will be released within several months.

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