Spatial disorientation in general aviation accidents.

@article{Kirkham1978SpatialDI,
  title={Spatial disorientation in general aviation accidents.},
  author={W R Kirkham and William E. Collins and P M Grape and Judy M. Simpson and T F Wallace},
  journal={Aviation, space, and environmental medicine},
  year={1978},
  volume={49 9},
  pages={
          1080-6
        }
}
Spatial disorientation (SD) was the third highest "cause" of fatal accidents in small, fixed-wing aircraft and closely related to the second highest "cause"--"continued VFR flight into adverse weather." SD was a cause or factor in 16% of all fatal accidents. When SD was ascribed as a cause or factor in an accident, 90% of the time that accident involved fatalities. Small, fixed-wing aircraft under 12,500 lb (570 kg) accounted for 97.3% of all SD accidents. Inclement weather was associated with… CONTINUE READING

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