Volume 48, Issue 6 (November 2003)

    The Gander Disaster: Dental Identification in a Military Tragedy

    (Received 25 June 2003; accepted 7 June 2003)

    Published Online: November


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    The authors record the contributions of dentistry to the identification of victims of one of the most significant disasters in aviation and U.S. military history-the December 1985 crash of a DC-8 charter airliner near Gander, Newfoundland (now known as Newfoundland and Labrador), Canada, which killed 248 Army personnel and 8 crewmembers. Most of the dental records of the military victims were destroyed in the crash, and, as a result, this loss hampered dental identification. Nevertheless, dental identification was the primary means of identification for many because a very high percentage of the bodies were severely burned and fragmented. Many phases of the U.S. identification efforts have been reported, but the dental-investigation aspects have been mentioned only in passing. Therefore, this article documents the dental team's organization, methodology, and a variety of remarkable problems that the team encountered.

    Stock #: JFS2003094

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003094

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    Title The Gander Disaster: Dental Identification in a Military Tragedy
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30