The Medical Investigation of Airship Accidents

    Volume 33, Issue 4 (July 1988)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 11


    Ruehle, CJ
    Chairman and operations officer, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC

    Stahl, CJ
    chief of staff, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Dayton, OH

    Canik, JJ
    Chairman and operations officer, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, DC

    McMeekin, RR
    Federal air surgeon, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, DC

    (Received 27 August 1987; accepted 22 September 1987)

    Abstract

    A review of the autopsy reports for 18 of 21 victims in 3 of the 4 nonrigid Navy airship accidents during the period 1955 to 1966 revealed that the patterns of injury, complicated by postcrash entrapment, immersion, or fire, are similar to the injuries observed in the low-speed, low-altitude crashes of rigid airships and of light aircraft. With the renewed interest in the development of airships for military purposes, there is a need for improved design related to crashworthiness and to aircrew habitability, safety, restraint, and egress in order to enhance the chance for survival in the event of an accident.


    Paper ID: JFS12511J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS12511J

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