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The ATSB is investigating an depressurisation and crew incapacitation involving a B737, VH-XMO, near Narrandera NSW, 15 August 2018.

During cruise, the crew of the cargo flight received a wing body overheat warning resulting in a reduction of cabin pressure. The crew donned oxygen and descended to 20,000 ft. The First Officer was subsequently incapacitated and the Captain descended to 8,000 ft and diverted the aircraft to Canberra.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will collect and examine information from the aircraft’s flight data recorders and interview maintenance and flight crew.

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 15 August 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 2327 AEST Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location   (show map):Narrandera, north 19km Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Air/pressurisation 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Anticipated completion: 4th Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-376 
Aircraft registration: VH-XMO 
Serial number: 23488 
Operator: Express Freighters Australia 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Brisbane, Qld
Destination:Melbourne, Vic.
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Last update 14 November 2018