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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 0|
msl bound upper : 1700
|Make Model Name||Helicopter|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 45|
flight time total : 6300
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : declared emergency|
I became ill while flying on a ferry flight. Very rapidly felt that I was about to pass out. Landed helicopter in a field, walked to edge of road. After several mins a state patrolman was called by a passer by. EMS squad was called, I was transported to a local hospital where I was checked for a possible heart attack. All tests were negative. I then spent 2 1/2 days at the hospital doing many tests. No heart problems were found. Initial blood test showed a low potassium level. The cardiologist, dr. XXX, said that could have caused my problem. By the time I was released from the hospital, the potassium level was normal. No damage to the helicopter or field was incurred. For prevention of recurrence, I am eating more food high in potassium.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT MADE PRECAUTIONARY OFF ARPT HELICOPTER LNDG.
Narrative: I BECAME ILL WHILE FLYING ON A FERRY FLT. VERY RAPIDLY FELT THAT I WAS ABOUT TO PASS OUT. LANDED HELI IN A FIELD, WALKED TO EDGE OF ROAD. AFTER SEVERAL MINS A STATE PATROLMAN WAS CALLED BY A PASSER BY. EMS SQUAD WAS CALLED, I WAS TRANSPORTED TO A LCL HOSPITAL WHERE I WAS CHKED FOR A POSSIBLE HEART ATTACK. ALL TESTS WERE NEGATIVE. I THEN SPENT 2 1/2 DAYS AT THE HOSPITAL DOING MANY TESTS. NO HEART PROBS WERE FOUND. INITIAL BLOOD TEST SHOWED A LOW POTASSIUM LEVEL. THE CARDIOLOGIST, DR. XXX, SAID THAT COULD HAVE CAUSED MY PROB. BY THE TIME I WAS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL, THE POTASSIUM LEVEL WAS NORMAL. NO DAMAGE TO THE HELI OR FIELD WAS INCURRED. FOR PREVENTION OF RECURRENCE, I AM EATING MORE FOOD HIGH IN POTASSIUM.
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.