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Source: Australian Transport Safety Bureau

The ATSB is investigating a reported pilot incapacitation involving a Piper PA-28, VH-TBB, near Moree Airport, New South Wales (NSW) on 23 September 2020.

The pilot departed Moree for a private ferry flight to Tamworth NSW. Shortly after take-off, the pilot started to experience dizziness, breathlessness and a warm feeling in the chest. The pilot conducted a visual scan and observed a discolouration on the carbon monoxide (CO) card detector that was gradually getting darker. The pilot opened all fresh air vents and the storm window and returned the aircraft to Moree. A medical examination conducted after the flight determined the pilot had slightly elevated levels of CO.

As part of the investigation, investigators will be interviewing the pilot and reviewing aircraft maintenance information.

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.

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