Medicine: Repeat Performances

A plane pilot who has had a crackup needs a cooling-off period; if he takes off promptly on another flight, he is very likely to crack up again. That unnerving news was reported in the Journal of Aviation Medicine by an A.A.F. medical safety officer, Dr. Daniel Horn, who has been looking at the statistics on Army pilots.

From the records of 9,348 pilots who had had two or more flying accidents, Dr. Horn found that 15% (five times the normal expectancy) had a second accident within 30 days after their first. It seemed...

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