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Crew incapacitation, Brisbane Airport, Qld., 11 January 2008, VH-OBN, Boeing 737-200

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Status: Completed
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At approximately 1224 Eastern Standard Time on 11 January 2008, a Boeing 737-200 aircraft, registered VH-OBN, was intercepting the localiser for an instrument landing system approach to runway 01, Brisbane Airport, Qld. The operating crew for the passenger flight included two flight crew (pilot in command (PIC) and copilot) and three cabin crew. The copilot was the handling pilot.

The copilot had reported to the PIC that he was feeling a bit uncomfortable. Shortly after, the copilot handed over control of the aircraft to the PIC and vacated the cockpit due to pain and discomfort.

The PIC continued the approach and landing, without the copilot. Following the landing, as the aircraft entered the taxiway, the copilot returned to the cockpit and resumed support duties until the aircraft reached the gate.

Following the event, the copilot was diagnosed with and received treatment for diverticulitis.

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General details
Date: 11 January 2008   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1350 EST   Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): near Brisbane Airport    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Flight crew incapacitation  
Release date: 17 June 2009   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration VH-OBN  
Serial number 21137  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Norfolk Island  
Destination Brisbane, Qld  
Last update 03 April 2020