Spatial disorientation implicated accidents in Canadian forces, 1982-92

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Authors
  1. Cheung, B.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In a recent survey of CF18 aircrew human factors, 44% of pilots reported experience with spatial disorientation (SD), of whom 10% had experience more that 3 episodes. In order to investigate further, we have completed a retrospective study of SD-implicated category A accidents (where an aircraft is destroyed, declared missing, or damaged beyond economic repair) in the Canadian Forces (CF) during 1982-92. An overview of all SD occurrences (including accidents and incidents) across aircraft types is also presented. Information was gathered concerning the genesis and severity of disorientation so that research effort and pilot training could be appropriately implemented. Mishap investigation summaries involving category. A accidents where SD as implicated were obtained from the CF Directorate of Flight Safety and reviewed. We also examined in detail the Board of Inquiry Reports of these accidents. The role of disorientation in these accidents was assessed.
Keywords
Spatial disorientation
Report Number
DCIEM-94-23 — Reprint
Date of publication
06 Jun 1995
Number of Pages
7
Reprinted from
Aviation Space and Environmental Medicine, vol 66, no 6, 1995, p 579-585
DSTKIM No
95-03458
CANDIS No
152605
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