Fatal Civil Aircraft Accidents

Fatal Civil Aircraft Accidents

Their Medical and Pathological Investigation

1st Edition - January 1, 1970

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  • Author: Peter J. Stevens
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483193311

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Fatal Civil Aircraft Accidents: Their Medical and Pathological Investigation focuses on relevant literature and discussions of the impact of medical and pathological investigation on fatal flying accidents. The publication first elaborates on public transport accidents, natural disease in the operating crew, impaired efficiency of a pilot due to intoxication, and non-medical cause for an accident. Topics include carbon monoxide intoxication, drugs, natural disease as a contributory cause for an accident, and natural disease as the primary cause for an accident. The book then takes a look at pathological evidence of events prior to an accident, reconstruction of events at impact and immediately after an accident, and natural disease in the pilots. The book ponders on glider accidents, natural disease in glider pilots, reconstruction of events during an accident, survival and safety equipment, and medical standards for glider pilots. The manuscript also examines fatal airliner accident as an example of mass disaster, official bodies and groups concerned with the investigation of an accident, identification of the bodies of the dead, and certification of death and disposal of the deceased. The text is a valuable source of data for researchers interested in the medical and pathological investigation of aircraft accidents.

Table of Contents

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    1. General Introduction

    Accidents: Epidemiological Aspects

    History of Civil Aircraft Accident Investigation in Britain

    Establishment of a Royal Air Force Department of Aviation Pathology

    Aviation Pathology in other Countries

    Section I Public Transport Accidents

    2. Introduction

    Accident Trends

    The Case Material

    The Aims of the Pathologist's Investigation

    3. Natural Disease in the Operating Crew

    I—As a Main Cause for an Accident

    II—Natural Disease as a Contributory Cause for an Accident

    The Incidence of Natural Disease in Airline Pilots

    4. Impaired Efficiency of a Pilot Due to Intoxication



    Carbon Monoxide Intoxication

    5. A Non-Medical Cause for an Accident


    6. Pathological Evidence of Events Prior to an Accident

    7. Reconstruction of Events at Impact and Immediately After an Accident

    Survival and Escape

    Safety Equipment

    8. General Conclusions

    Section II Light Aircraft Accidents

    9. Introduction

    Accident Trends

    The Case Material

    The Aims of the Pathologist's Investigation

    10. Natural Disease in the Pilots

    Coronary Artery Disease

    Other Conditions


    The Incidence of Accidents Caused by Natural Disease

    The Incidence of Natural Disease in Private Pilots


    11. Impaired Efficiency of the Pilot Due to Intoxication



    Carbon Monoxide Intoxication

    12. Reconstruction of Events at Impact

    Safety and Survival

    Analysis of Survival Aspects

    13. General Conclusions

    Section III Glider Accidents

    14. Introduction

    History of the Sport of Gliding

    Glider Accident Trends

    Case Material

    15. Natural Disease in Glider Pilots

    16. Reconstruction of Events During an Accident

    The Cause of a Structural Failure

    A Failed Attempt to Escape in Flight

    17. Survival and Safety Equipment

    18. General Discussion

    Medical Standards for Glider Pilots

    Section IV The Fatal Airliner Accident as an Example of Mass Disaster: Medicolegal Aspects and the Organization of the Investigation

    19. Introduction

    The Major Aircraft Accident in Perspective

    20. The Various Authorities, Official Bodies, and Groups Concerned with the Investigation of an Accident

    The International Civil Aviation Organization

    The National Commission of Inquiry

    The Local Legal Authority's Inquiry

    The Police and the Initial Rescue Operations

    Local Pathologists and their Facilities

    The Relatives of the Deceased

    The Airline

    Illustrative Case Histories


    21. The Identification of the Bodies of the Dead—I

    General Comments

    Visual Identification

    Personal Property




    22. The Identification of the Dead—II

    Dental Evidence

    23. The Identification of the Dead—III

    Process of Identification by Exclusion

    The Count of the Bodies Recovered

    The Organization of an Information Service

    Miscellaneous Techniques in the Work of Identification

    24. Certification Of Death And The Disposal Of The Deceased

    25. Final Conclusions


    Gliding Detailed Statistics, 1950-68



Product details

  • No. of pages: 218
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1970
  • Published: January 1, 1970
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483193311

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