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Fatal Civil Aircraft Accidents
Their Medical and Pathological Investigation
1st Edition - January 1, 1970
Author: Peter J. Stevens
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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… Read more
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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.
PagePrefaceForeword 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 CountriesSection 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 Alcohol Drugs Carbon Monoxide Intoxication 5. A Non-Medical Cause for an Accident Sabotage 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 ConclusionsSection 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 Suicide The Incidence of Accidents Caused by Natural Disease The Incidence of Natural Disease in Private Pilots Conclusions 11. Impaired Efficiency of the Pilot Due to Intoxication Alcohol Drugs Carbon Monoxide Intoxication 12. Reconstruction of Events at Impact Safety and Survival Analysis of Survival Aspects 13. General ConclusionsSection 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 PilotsSection 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 Discussion 21. The Identification of the Bodies of the Dead—I General Comments Visual Identification Personal Property Radiography Finger-Prints Serology 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 ConclusionsAppendix Gliding Detailed Statistics, 1950-68ReferencesIndex