Accession Number:

ADA089428

Title:

Postmortem Coronary Atherosclerosis Findings in General Aviation Accident Pilot Fatalities: 1975-1977

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON DC OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Report Date:

1980-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

13.0

Abstract:

The autopsies of 764 pilots involved in fatal general aviation accidents during the years 1975-1977 were reviewed to appraise the age specific prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis among the autopsied group. Fifty-one percent of the pilots killed in aircraft accidents and autopsied during 1975-77 were found to have some degree of coronary atherosclerosis ranging from minimal to severe. However, only about 5 percent of the autopsied group were categorized as having severe coronary atherosclerosis. The rate per 1,000 of severe coronary atherosclerosis increased with age from 14.5 for ages less than 30 to 89.9 for ages 50 years and above, with the rate nearly tripling from ages 30-39 to 40-49 22.1 to 63.6. While the findings of this study are consistent with, and do parallel, the findings of other recent autopsy studies, the prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis among this group of autopsied airmen is less than would have been expected based on the results of these other studies. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE