CANADIAN AIRCREW SEA WATER SURVIVAL: 1952 - 1987

Authors
  1. Brooks, C.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A 36-yr retrospective study of all Canadian military aircraft has been conducted. There have been 55 aircraft accidents where aircrew or passengers have landed in the sea. One hundred and fifty-eight personnel have been involved with 68 fatalities, an overall survival rate of 57%. Survivors were rescued in under 15 minutes in 40% of cases, the remainder were rescued in under three hours. The longest time spent in a life raft was 2 hours and 45 minutes. Immersion suits were worn in only six accidents and in two of these, leakage was reported. Aircrew who have received training in water survival, underwater escape trainers, who are strong swimmers or sports divers, have a better chance of survival. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that aircrew, particularly helicopter pilots flying over water, should receive underwater escape training.
Report Number
DCIEM-88-R-39 — Research Report
Date of publication
15 Sep 1988
Number of Pages
36
DSTKIM No
88-04674
CANDIS No
57870
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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