CANADIAN AIRCREW FRESH WATER SURVIVAL, 1952 - 1987

Authors
  1. Brooks, C.J.
Corporate Authors
Defence and Civil Inst of Environmental Medicine, Downsview ONT (CAN)
Abstract
A 36-year retrospective study of all Canadian military aircraft has been conducted in which aircrew or passengers have crashed or ditched into fresh water. One hundred and five personnel have been involved with 41 fatalities, an overall survival rate of 61%. All rescues were completed in under 12 hours. Aircrew has less than one minute's warning in 81% of accidents and the problems of escape have been similar to those experienced in sea water accidents. Aircrew who had received training in water survival had a better chance of survival. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that military aircrew should receive water survival and practical underwater escape training.
Report Number
DCIEM-88-RR-51 — Research Paper
Date of publication
15 Dec 1988
Number of Pages
24
DSTKIM No
89-02244
CANDIS No
60150
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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