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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zzz.artcc|
tower : ewr.tower
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||MD-80 Series (DC-9-80) Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||cruise : level|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight attendant : on duty|
oversight : flight attendant in charge
|Qualification||flight attendant aircraft qualified on : 4|
|Experience||flight attendant time airline total : 17|
flight attendant time total : 35
flight attendant time type : 90
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Anomaly||cabin event : passenger illness|
|Independent Detector||other other : 1|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : diverted to alternate|
flight crew : declared emergency
|Problem Areas||Passenger Human Performance|
|Primary Problem||Passenger Human Performance|
I was setting up lunch trays when passenger in first class stepped out of restroom, clutching his upper abdomen, in apparent pain. He told me he was having an 'attack of the pancreas.' I helped him to his seat and asked him the usual question about medication, etc. He replied that this had happened before. He was worried that it might be a heart problem, that he had had the problem 3 weeks earlier and had taken nitroglycerin, which had cleared up the problem. I relayed the information to the captain who talked to medical company. Flight attendant #2 retrieved oxygen and we put passenger on oxygen because he appeared to be having trouble breathing. The medical advisor gave permission for me to open the medical kit and give the passenger a nitro. I gave it to him, but shortly after, he began to faint. His coloring turned 'ashen.' I notified the captain and asked to make an emergency landing. We landed in ZZZ. Paramedics met the aircraft. The passenger's wife was never notified and learned of her husband's whereabouts from a passenger at baggage claim.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: AN MD80 FLT ATTENDANT IN CHARGE RPTED THAT A FIRST CLASS PAX EMERGED FROM THE LAVATORY IN PAIN AND THAT THE FIRST-AID RENDERED CAUSED HIS CONDITION TO WORSEN DURING A FLT FROM ZZZ1 TO ZZZ. THE CAPT DECLARED AN EMER AND DIVERTED TO ZZZ2 WHERE THE PAX WAS REMOVED FROM THE FLT, UNBEKNOWNST TO HIS WIFE WHO WAS WAITING AT THE ORIGINAL DEST.
Narrative: I WAS SETTING UP LUNCH TRAYS WHEN PAX IN FIRST CLASS STEPPED OUT OF RESTROOM, CLUTCHING HIS UPPER ABDOMEN, IN APPARENT PAIN. HE TOLD ME HE WAS HAVING AN 'ATTACK OF THE PANCREAS.' I HELPED HIM TO HIS SEAT AND ASKED HIM THE USUAL QUESTION ABOUT MEDICATION, ETC. HE REPLIED THAT THIS HAD HAPPENED BEFORE. HE WAS WORRIED THAT IT MIGHT BE A HEART PROB, THAT HE HAD HAD THE PROB 3 WKS EARLIER AND HAD TAKEN NITROGLYCERIN, WHICH HAD CLRED UP THE PROB. I RELAYED THE INFO TO THE CAPT WHO TALKED TO MEDICAL COMPANY. FLT ATTENDANT #2 RETRIEVED OXYGEN AND WE PUT PAX ON OXYGEN BECAUSE HE APPEARED TO BE HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING. THE MEDICAL ADVISOR GAVE PERMISSION FOR ME TO OPEN THE MEDICAL KIT AND GIVE THE PAX A NITRO. I GAVE IT TO HIM, BUT SHORTLY AFTER, HE BEGAN TO FAINT. HIS COLORING TURNED 'ASHEN.' I NOTIFIED THE CAPT AND ASKED TO MAKE AN EMER LNDG. WE LANDED IN ZZZ. PARAMEDICS MET THE ACFT. THE PAX'S WIFE WAS NEVER NOTIFIED AND LEARNED OF HER HUSBAND'S WHEREABOUTS FROM A PAX AT BAGGAGE CLAIM.
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.