Volume 37, Issue 5 (September 1992)

    Rare Electrocution Due to Powerline Contact in a Hot-Air Balloon: Comparison with Fatalities from Blunt Trauma

    (Received 12 December 1991; accepted 4 February 1992)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    Powerline contact by hot-air balloons is one of the most frequent concurrences in balloon accidents resulting in injury or death. Injuries and deaths are usually a result of blunt trauma from falls. In this report, we describe the aircraft, the circumstances of the accidents and the autopsy data in two powerline contact accidents involving three deaths, one from electrocution and two, from blunt trauma sustained in falls. Appropriate pilot behavior is briefly discussed.


    Author Information:

    Wahe, J
    Assistant Medical Examiner, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office, Minneapolis, MN

    Haikal, NA-A
    Medical Investigator, State of New Mexico, Office of the Medical Investigator, University of New Mexico Medical Center,

    McFeeley, PJ
    Assistant Chief Medical Examiner, State of New Mexico, Office of the Medical Examiner, University of New Mexico Medical Center, Albuquerque, NM

    Zumwalt, RE
    Chief Medical Investigator, State of New Mexico, Office of the Medical Investigator,

    McConnell, TS
    Professor, University of New Mexico Medical Center, Albuquerque, NM


    Stock #: JFS13330J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13330J

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    Title Rare Electrocution Due to Powerline Contact in a Hot-Air Balloon: Comparison with Fatalities from Blunt Trauma
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