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.
|Date:||09 July 2007||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1718 UTC||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|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 manufacturer||The Boeing Company|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||Nagoya, Japan|