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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : ave|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 35000|
msl bound upper : 35000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zoa|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Medium Large Transport, Low Wing, 2 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Route In Use||enroute : direct|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
pilot : flight engineer
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 120|
flight time total : 5500
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
none taken : unable
En route ont to sjc, when at midway point, one passenger experienced cardiac arrest. I obtained direct routing to sjc. I sent first officer back to assist F/a and upon hearing his report, I declared an emergency with oak center to ensure priority handling. We informed ATC that we would maintain 280-300 KIAS below 10000. They informed us that would be no problem. ATC handling was very good. Upon reaching gate though, I was not happy with the paramedical team, as they seemed to lack a sense of urgency once the stairs were lowered. They took too much time boarding the aircraft. From the time of cardiac arrest to landing was approximately 30 mins. Our F/as administered life saving measures for the entire time while airborne, except for actual T/D. We learned later that the passenger did pass away.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PIC OF ACR MLG DECLARED AN EMERGENCY FOR PRIORITY HANDLING BECAUSE A PASSENGER HAD CARDIAC ARREST MIDWAY ENROUTE FROM ONT TO SJC.
Narrative: ENRTE ONT TO SJC, WHEN AT MIDWAY POINT, ONE PAX EXPERIENCED CARDIAC ARREST. I OBTAINED DIRECT ROUTING TO SJC. I SENT F/O BACK TO ASSIST F/A AND UPON HEARING HIS RPT, I DECLARED AN EMER WITH OAK CENTER TO ENSURE PRIORITY HANDLING. WE INFORMED ATC THAT WE WOULD MAINTAIN 280-300 KIAS BELOW 10000. THEY INFORMED US THAT WOULD BE NO PROB. ATC HANDLING WAS VERY GOOD. UPON REACHING GATE THOUGH, I WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THE PARAMEDICAL TEAM, AS THEY SEEMED TO LACK A SENSE OF URGENCY ONCE THE STAIRS WERE LOWERED. THEY TOOK TOO MUCH TIME BOARDING THE ACFT. FROM THE TIME OF CARDIAC ARREST TO LNDG WAS APPROX 30 MINS. OUR F/AS ADMINISTERED LIFE SAVING MEASURES FOR THE ENTIRE TIME WHILE AIRBORNE, EXCEPT FOR ACTUAL T/D. WE LEARNED LATER THAT THE PAX DID PASS AWAY.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 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.