Aviation safety investigations & reports

Flight crew incapacitation involving a The Boeing Company 747-438, VH-OJI, Singapore-London sector on 6 January 1999

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The pilot in command reported that during cruise on a flight from Singapore to London, he began to suffer the increasing effects of food poisoning. Four technical crew members are carried on the Singapore London sector, and when he became ill, the pilot in command transferred control of the flight to a co pilot. After consultation with a crew member who was a qualified nurse, the pilot in command commenced a period of bed rest. About three hours later, his condition improved and he resumed formal control of the aircraft. The pilot in command believed that the source of his illness was food consumed during the stopover in Singapore, and was not the result of a crew sandwich snack, the only food he had eaten in-flight prior to falling ill.
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General details
Date: 06 January 1999   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 23:30 UTC    
State: International   Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation  
Release date: 11 March 1999   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 747-438  
Aircraft registration VH-OJI  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Singapore Singapore  
Destination London United Kingdom