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Crew incapacitation - 1,390 km WNW Cairns, QLD, 9 July 2007, VH-OGP, Boeing Company 767-300

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Status: Completed
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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   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Arafura Sea    
State: International   Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation  
Release date: 29 November 2007   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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  
Last update 03 April 2020