Medicine: Flyers' Ailments

If an airline passenger becomes sick during flight, his problems can often be solved by a stewardess with a plastic bag. If a pilot becomes ill, the result can be disastrous. Eighty-one died when a pilot suffered a heart attack while landing at Ardmore, Okla., in 1966; on at least 17 other occasions in the past ten years, air-crew illness has been responsible for harmless, though potentially serious mishaps and near misses. To minimize the possibility of airborne illness, the Federal Aviation Administration requires all U.S. command pilots to undergo regular physical examinations...

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