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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : zfw|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zfw|
tower : mex
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||B757 Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|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 : commercial
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : provided flight assist|
flight crew : declared emergency
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
The first officer experienced nausea and gastrointestinal pain during flight. Pain began during lunch onboard aircraft and intensified after eating. Within 30 mins became very unsettled and started vomiting. Continued vomiting over next 45 mins and had to stand up to stay lucid. I told captain I could not perform satisfactorily in the first officer seat. Captain asked another pilot, airbus qualified, to come forward to assist. A doctor was found onboard, previous flight surgeon, who assisted first officer as best he could with no diagnostic tools. First officer advised captain that continued routing to dfw would be ok with no intermediate landing requested for the pain. Captain requested priority handling and it was granted. First officer assisted airbus pilot and captain with flight procedures. Flight given clearance to land on runway 35L dfw. First officer left aircraft immediately and was met by airport police. Emergency medical services were provided at airport and en route to health care facility where first officer was taken for treatment. First officer admitted to hospital after diagnosis from physician. Gall bladder surgery performed within 24 hours. Supplemental information from acn 376280: during my flight from yvr to dfw on aug/xa/97 about 45 mins from landing at dfw, my first officer said that he was experiencing bad gas pains in his lower stomach and that he needed to stand up to try to relieve these pains. Shortly after he stood up he became ill and began to vomit. The paramedics were standing by at the jet bridge and my first officer was taken from the aircraft to the airport medical facilities. I called dispatch after the passenger deplaned to debrief them on all the details of the flight.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: FO FALLS ILL DURING FLT TO DFW FROM YVR. FLT WAS 45 MINS FROM DFW AND RECEIVED PRIORITY HANDLING FROM ATC TO LAND AT DFW. FO FOUND TO HAVE HAD A GALL BLADDER ATTACK AND REQUIRED SURGERY AT HOSPITAL. AN AIRBUS QUALIFIED FO WAS ON BOARD TO SUPPLEMENT THE CREW AND ASSIST IN THE FLT HANDLING.
Narrative: THE FO EXPERIENCED NAUSEA AND GASTROINTESTINAL PAIN DURING FLT. PAIN BEGAN DURING LUNCH ONBOARD ACFT AND INTENSIFIED AFTER EATING. WITHIN 30 MINS BECAME VERY UNSETTLED AND STARTED VOMITING. CONTINUED VOMITING OVER NEXT 45 MINS AND HAD TO STAND UP TO STAY LUCID. I TOLD CAPT I COULD NOT PERFORM SATISFACTORILY IN THE FO SEAT. CAPT ASKED ANOTHER PLT, AIRBUS QUALIFIED, TO COME FORWARD TO ASSIST. A DOCTOR WAS FOUND ONBOARD, PREVIOUS FLT SURGEON, WHO ASSISTED FO AS BEST HE COULD WITH NO DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS. FO ADVISED CAPT THAT CONTINUED ROUTING TO DFW WOULD BE OK WITH NO INTERMEDIATE LNDG REQUESTED FOR THE PAIN. CAPT REQUESTED PRIORITY HANDLING AND IT WAS GRANTED. FO ASSISTED AIRBUS PLT AND CAPT WITH FLT PROCS. FLT GIVEN CLRNC TO LAND ON RWY 35L DFW. FO LEFT ACFT IMMEDIATELY AND WAS MET BY ARPT POLICE. EMER MEDICAL SVCS WERE PROVIDED AT ARPT AND ENRTE TO HEALTH CARE FACILITY WHERE FO WAS TAKEN FOR TREATMENT. FO ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER DIAGNOSIS FROM PHYSICIAN. GALL BLADDER SURGERY PERFORMED WITHIN 24 HRS. SUPPLEMENTAL INFO FROM ACN 376280: DURING MY FLT FROM YVR TO DFW ON AUG/XA/97 ABOUT 45 MINS FROM LNDG AT DFW, MY FO SAID THAT HE WAS EXPERIENCING BAD GAS PAINS IN HIS LOWER STOMACH AND THAT HE NEEDED TO STAND UP TO TRY TO RELIEVE THESE PAINS. SHORTLY AFTER HE STOOD UP HE BECAME ILL AND BEGAN TO VOMIT. THE PARAMEDICS WERE STANDING BY AT THE JET BRIDGE AND MY FO WAS TAKEN FROM THE ACFT TO THE ARPT MEDICAL FACILITIES. I CALLED DISPATCH AFTER THE PAX DEPLANED TO DEBRIEF THEM ON ALL THE DETAILS OF THE FLT.
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.