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Unresponsive 208 above BNE, RFDS intercept

Old 2nd Jul 2020, 11:42
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Unresponsive 208 above BNE, RFDS intercept

Redcliffe | Aircraft emergency near Brisbane tonight with a Cessna 208 flying from Cairns to Redcliffe Airport reported as unresponsive on autopilot, missing their destination by about 120km. A Royal Flying Doctors Service aircraft was flying alongside in attempts to make contact with the pilot. After a while contact was made and the aircraft landed safely at Gold Coast Airport. A RAAF Wedgetail operating nearby was on standby to escort the aircraft if required. The Pilot is believed to have suffered a medical episode. Source: AussieADSB.com

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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 12:48
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 13:11
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What “medical episode” ends in a safe landing? Hopefully someone’s not destroyed as a consequence of an inadvertent snooze.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 22:41
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It just proves again how great our emergency services are and how quickly they are deployed in any event like this. A lot of pilots get comfort from knowing that if something goes wrong Australia will throw out every available resource to assist you. Well done guys !
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Old 3rd Jul 2020, 00:53
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Originally Posted by Lead Balloon View Post
What “medical episode” ends in a safe landing?
1980. Advance Airline B200 LHI to SYD.
Pilot became unconscious enroute, coming to around top of descent.
The 2 passengers were police officers. One provided medical support to the pilot, which helped him come around.
While that was happening, the other Officer was receiving ‘flying lessons’ in preparation for landing.
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Also an aeromedical pilot went unconscious a few years back in NSW. Flight nurse helped and he came around OK. Intestinal gas pressure from diet IIRC.
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It's easier than you think given the right circumstances to nod off. We are only human and the body needs sleep. (If indeed that's what happened in this event)
Personally I've nodded off only once in 40 years diving planes, woke up when one of the engines surged due fuel starvation! I was bolt upright the rest of the way home across the straight!
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Unresponsive 208 above BNE, RFDS intercept

Hi all,
https://www.facebook.com/959773844186043/posts/1597505073746247/
Not sure if anyone aware of this one, happened yesterday. Seems a 208 heading to YRED became unresponsive and overshot by about 80nm at FL110. RFDS were able to intercept and provide updates, apparently a RAAF Wedgetail also tasked with guiding them in.
One would guess an oxygen issue. Good work by the folks in BNE CTR. Worth a watch!
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Old 3rd Jul 2020, 03:59
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Sio am I right in concluding this guy went through BNE primary control zone unplanned and without communication without issue (as he intended to end his journey just to the north of BNE) and somehow that didn't raise any red flags but after he had flown another 120km and exceeded his SAR time ATC started to get concerned?
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Old 3rd Jul 2020, 05:34
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I remember when I was flying overseas in a regional turboprop operator you could ad a phrase to your flight plan authorising the French Military to run a practice interception on your flight. It happened to me twice where we were informed by ATC of the incoming pair of Mirages, we told the passengers and then they arrived and practiced their signaling maneuvers followed by a chat on 121.5. One of the best memories in my flying career. I think my current employer would sack me for doing anything so reckless.
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Damm, that was some very intresting listening.
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Old 3rd Jul 2020, 06:30
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He really didn’t want to land at the Gold Coast! Big thumbs up to the controller.
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I remember a few years ago when I was still working as a LAME I asked one of our customers if I could do a night freight run with him to Melbourne and back in a twin Caravan, for no other reason than I thought it might be interesting to see how the other half lived, the excuse was I wanted to check the operation of the autopilot. Anyway on the way back at about 3 in the morning I glanced across at the driver and noted eyes closed and head on chest, I wondered at the time whether he was just more relaxed because he knew I was there or whether this was a regular occurrence.
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Old 3rd Jul 2020, 07:23
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Good outcome, I hope the pilot recovers and retains his/her medical and gets back in the air again quickly, without getting crucified by the authorities.
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Old 3rd Jul 2020, 07:36
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How far, how fast, how long?

Could somebody who knows about these things, please give me a ballpark figure of the flight time in this aircraft from Cairns to Redcliffe.
Thanks.
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Could somebody who knows about these things, please give me a ballpark figure of the flight time in this aircraft from Cairns to Redcliffe.
Thanks.
273 minutes
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Yep! That would put me to sleep!
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Wow, good outcome to all concerned.........
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@machtuk "40 years diving planes"? 🤣

@compressor stall I was working NSW Air Ambulance when this happened. Still friends with he nurse in the event. Your recollection is correct.

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