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A Boeing Company 767-300 aircraft, registered VH-OGP, was being operated on an overnight international passenger flight from Nagoya, Japan to Cairns, Qld. On board the aircraft were a pilot in command (PIC), a copilot, seven cabin crew and 162 passengers. The copilot was the pilot flying for the sector and had just completed a period of crew rest. The PIC handed back the control of the aircraft to the copilot at about 1600 UTC and got up to go to the toilet. The copilot heard a bang and turned to see the PIC had collapsed on the cockpit floor. There was no response from the PIC to the copilot's questioning. The copilot switched on the cockpit lights and saw that the PIC appeared to be staring into space and remained unresponsive. The copilot then alerted the cabin service manager to come to the flight deck.

At approximately 1650 UTC, the PIC had recovered sufficiently to return to the cockpit, where he remained for the duration of the flight. A PAN call was transmitted by the PIC when the aircraft entered the Australian Flight Information Region and emergency services were placed on standby for the aircraft's arrival and landing at Cairns.

The PIC was subsequently examined and cleared to return to flight duties by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiners (DAME). The DAME determined that the PIC probably had been affected by a gastro-intestinal illness that had previously been experienced by members of the PIC's family. A Norovirus gastro-intestinal disorder was prevalent in the Queensland region at the time.

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General details
Date: 09 July 2007 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1718 UTC  
Location   (show map):Arafura Sea Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation 
Release date: 29 November 2007 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-OGP 
Serial number: 28153 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Nagoya, Japan
Destination:Cairns, Australia
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Last update 14 November 2018