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Airbus Industrie, A330-303; VH-QPA; Enroute Hong Kong to Sydney, Aust.

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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The Airbus Industrie A330-303 aircraft was being operated on a scheduled passenger service between Hong Kong and Sydney. The pilot in command and second officer were seated at the aircraft control stations while the copilot was in the crew rest area.

In the course of discussions between the pilot in command and second officer, it became evident to the pilot in command that the second officer was no longer responding to conversation. Upon checking, the pilot in command found the second officer to be suffering from what he believed to be a seizure. He was removed from the operating station and replaced by the aircraft's copilot.

The second officer was removed to the crew rest area and immediately attended by a medical practitioner who was travelling on the flight. The flight continued to Sydney.

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General details
Date: 10 January 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0745 UTC    
Location   (show map): Enroute Hong Kong to Sydney    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation  
Release date: 16 May 2008   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus Industrie  
Aircraft model A330  
Aircraft registration VH-QPA  
Serial number 553  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Hong Kong, China  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 18 April 2018