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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau did not conduct an on-scene investigation of this occurrence. The report presented below was prepared principally from information supplied to the Bureau.


At 2020 Eastern Summer Time on 20 February 2005, a Boeing Company 767-338ER aircraft, registered VH-OGO was being operated on a scheduled passenger service between Sydney and Melbourne. The copilot reported feeling unwell during cruise and was physically ill during descent through FL 200. A flight attendant was called to the flight deck to assist and the flight continued under the control of the pilot in command with the copilot assuming a monitoring role for the remainder of the flight.

After a 2-day recovery period, and having discussed his illness with the company medical practitioner, the copilot was declared fit and returned to duty.

General details
Date: 20 February 2005 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2020 hours ESuT  
Location   (show map):93 km NE Melbourne, (VOR) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation 
Release date: 08 April 2005 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 767 
Aircraft registration: VH-OGO 
Serial number: 25577 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Sydney, NSW
Departure time:1930 hours ESuT
Destination:Melbourne, VIC
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