Aviation safety investigations & reports

Crew incapacitation, Enroute Jakarta to Sydney, 31 March 2007, VH-OGN, Boeing Company 767-338

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Status: Completed
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On 31 March 2007, a Boeing Company B767-338, registered VH-OGN, was being operated on a scheduled passenger service between Jakarta, Indonesia, and Sydney, Australia. Approximately 1 hour after departing from Jakarta, the pilot in command (PIC) began to feel unwell. Over the following 4 hours, the medical condition of the PIC continued to deteriorate and the copilot was alerted to this. The PIC vacated the pilot control position and handed over responsibilities for command decisions and flying duties to the copilot. With approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes of flight time remaining, the PIC left his control seat and relocated to an observer's seat at the rear of the cockpit.

As a result of this occurrence, the aircraft operator has advised the Australian Transport Safety Bureau that procedures relating to the monitoring of flight crew, following pilot incapacitation, have been reviewed and additional guidance material will be inserted into the operators' pilot documentation.

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General details
Date: 31 March 2007   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0512 EST    
Location   (show map): 350 NM west NW of Sydney    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation  
Release date: 07 February 2008   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 767  
Aircraft registration VH-OGN  
Serial number 25576  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Jakarta  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 18 April 2018