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Old 14th Jun 2009, 00:27
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Join Date: Apr 2008
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pathologists will play a vital part as in British Comet disasters

I never knew just how valuable pathology reports really where in relation to air accident investigations . amazing to think that even when wreckage is very sparse and in some caese never found .

The Contribution a Pathologist could make was dramatically demonstrated during the investigation of British Comet disasters over Mediterranean in 1954. As the wreckage of aircraft was not available, investigating doctors inferred from the autopsies and other simulating experiments, that occupants suffered a violent upward and forward motion and deduced that injuries could be due to explosive decompression. They also showed experimentally the mechanism of injuries due to impact on sea.
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