Fire deaths in aircraft without the crashworthy fuel system.


Cases reported to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology were examined for occupants of helicopters without the crashworthy fuel system (CWFS) who survived crashes but died as a result of postcrash fires. There were 16 fire deaths in the 9 such accidents which occurred between January 1976 and April 1984. All of these victims would have survived if there had been no postcrash fire. Partial body destruction by fire probably prevented inclusion of many other cases. The dramatic reduction in fire deaths and injuries due to installation of the CWFS in Army helicopters is discussed. The author concludes that fire deaths and injuries in aircraft accidents could almost be eliminated by fitting current and future aircraft with the CWFS.

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@article{Springate1989FireDI, title={Fire deaths in aircraft without the crashworthy fuel system.}, author={Chris Springate and Robert R . McMeekin and Charles J . Ruehle}, journal={Aviation, space, and environmental medicine}, year={1989}, volume={60 10 Pt 2}, pages={B35-8} }