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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : pdt|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 39000|
msl bound upper : 39000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zse|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Commercial Fixed Wing|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Navigation In Use||Other |
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : first officer|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : flight engineer
pilot : commercial
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 140|
flight time total : 8000
flight time type : 2800
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
During cruise, a flight attendant reported to the captain that a passenger was sick. She described the passenger as vietnamese and unable to speak english. He was doubled over and in extreme pain. A doctor was found and the medical kit was requested and given. The captain selected airports on the HSI and observed psc about 80 mi in front of us and told the flight attendant to ask the doctor how critical the situation was and whether we should continue on to sea which would take about 45 mins or land in psc in about 20 mins. I searched for psc in our charts and was unable to find it. I informed the captain of this. He said he had been in there but in another airplane. The flight attendant came back up and told the captain the doctor was unsure of the exact problem but it might be a kidney stone or intestinal problem and that we should get on the ground immediately and get the man to a hospital. The captain ordered me to begin a descent and prepare for landing in psc. He informed ATC of our emergency and requested and received clearance for a descent and changed our destination to psc. I loaded psc into the FMS and informed the captain that no approachs came up on the FMS but I was able to bring up the runways. He said that was ok because the WX was clear and unlimited visibility. He was busy with the flight attendant and I talked to ATC and flew the plane. ATC informed us that runways 30 or 21 had 7100 ft and the wind was 310 degrees at 7 KTS. The captain elected to land on runway 30. Since the odm shows a landing length of 4500 ft for 1000 ft elevation and 180000 pounds aircraft, which we were, the length was more than sufficient. I suggested the captain contact the dispatcher and inform him of the captain's decision but he said he was too busy and would call him on the ground. I made an uneventful approach and landing and the sick passenger was deplaned and received medical attention.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: LGT DIVERTS DUE TO MEDICAL EMER.
Narrative: DURING CRUISE, A FLT ATTENDANT RPTED TO THE CAPT THAT A PAX WAS SICK. SHE DESCRIBED THE PAX AS VIETNAMESE AND UNABLE TO SPEAK ENGLISH. HE WAS DOUBLED OVER AND IN EXTREME PAIN. A DOCTOR WAS FOUND AND THE MEDICAL KIT WAS REQUESTED AND GIVEN. THE CAPT SELECTED ARPTS ON THE HSI AND OBSERVED PSC ABOUT 80 MI IN FRONT OF US AND TOLD THE FLT ATTENDANT TO ASK THE DOCTOR HOW CRITICAL THE SIT WAS AND WHETHER WE SHOULD CONTINUE ON TO SEA WHICH WOULD TAKE ABOUT 45 MINS OR LAND IN PSC IN ABOUT 20 MINS. I SEARCHED FOR PSC IN OUR CHARTS AND WAS UNABLE TO FIND IT. I INFORMED THE CAPT OF THIS. HE SAID HE HAD BEEN IN THERE BUT IN ANOTHER AIRPLANE. THE FLT ATTENDANT CAME BACK UP AND TOLD THE CAPT THE DOCTOR WAS UNSURE OF THE EXACT PROB BUT IT MIGHT BE A KIDNEY STONE OR INTESTINAL PROB AND THAT WE SHOULD GET ON THE GND IMMEDIATELY AND GET THE MAN TO A HOSPITAL. THE CAPT ORDERED ME TO BEGIN A DSCNT AND PREPARE FOR LNDG IN PSC. HE INFORMED ATC OF OUR EMER AND REQUESTED AND RECEIVED CLRNC FOR A DSCNT AND CHANGED OUR DEST TO PSC. I LOADED PSC INTO THE FMS AND INFORMED THE CAPT THAT NO APCHS CAME UP ON THE FMS BUT I WAS ABLE TO BRING UP THE RWYS. HE SAID THAT WAS OK BECAUSE THE WX WAS CLR AND UNLIMITED VISIBILITY. HE WAS BUSY WITH THE FLT ATTENDANT AND I TALKED TO ATC AND FLEW THE PLANE. ATC INFORMED US THAT RWYS 30 OR 21 HAD 7100 FT AND THE WIND WAS 310 DEGS AT 7 KTS. THE CAPT ELECTED TO LAND ON RWY 30. SINCE THE ODM SHOWS A LNDG LENGTH OF 4500 FT FOR 1000 FT ELEVATION AND 180000 LBS ACFT, WHICH WE WERE, THE LENGTH WAS MORE THAN SUFFICIENT. I SUGGESTED THE CAPT CONTACT THE DISPATCHER AND INFORM HIM OF THE CAPT'S DECISION BUT HE SAID HE WAS TOO BUSY AND WOULD CALL HIM ON THE GND. I MADE AN UNEVENTFUL APCH AND LNDG AND THE SICK PAX WAS DEPLANED AND RECEIVED MEDICAL ATTN.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.