Medicine: Death in the Cockpit

How many aircraft accidents are the result of heart attacks suffered by pilots? The question may never be answered accurately, but Dr. George W. Manning, a consultant to the Royal Canadian Air Force, produced some firm figures from one of the longest and most comprehensive studies of the subject ever made. The strong implication, he told the American College of Cardiology, is that there are more such accidents than can be proved after the event, and a rigorous schedule of annual electrocardiograms for all pilots is a good warning system.

The R.C.A.F. began its...

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