Trainee Pilot Passes Out in Adelaide-Bound Flight After Missing Breakfast, Sleep

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A trainee pilot flew unconscious for about 40 minutes through controlled airspace above Adelaide airport in Australia

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The incident unfolded in early March, when the unnamed trainee pilot was flying from Port Augusta, a town 190 miles north of Adelaide, to Parafield Airport, approximately 10 miles north of the city's financial district.

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A trainee pilot flew unconscious for about 40 minutes through controlled airspace above Adelaide airport, after he skipped breakfast on the morning of the flight. The aviation body would also conduct safety briefings to reemphasise the "importance of observing company guidelines and responsibilities of the pilot in command, with more emphasis on fatigue management", the ATSB report said.

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A student pilot lost consciousness for 40 minutes while flying over controlled airspace as air traffic controllers scrambled to make contact.

"During the flight, the pilot only consumed a bottle of Gatorade, some water and a chocolate bar during the stopover in Port Augusta", the report says.

"Shortly after, the pilot became unconscious", the report said.

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"The pilot advised that the night prior to the flight he had suffered from a restless night of sleep and was recovering from a mild cold", the ATSB report states.

The second aircraft proceeded to escort the student pilot to Parafield Airport, according to the Independent.

Following the incident, Flight Training Adelaide told the ATSB it would implement several "safety actions", including requiring students to log their "hours of sleep in the previous 24 and 48 hours (and) the time when their last meal was consumed and the type of meal".

'Prior to the flight he had suffered from a restless night of sleep and was recovering from a mild cold'.

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