Trauma pp 361-362 | Cite as

Air Disaster Trauma (Paper in Abstract)

  • William J. Reals


The first investigation of air accident trauma occurred in 1908 at Ft. Myer, Virginia. Orville Wright and Lt. Thomas Selfridge were in an accident in which Orville Wright was killed by falling from the disabled aircraft and suffering a severe skull fracture. In the years between this accident and the beginning of World War II little effort was made by physicians to study air accident trauma. The Luftwagge in Germany, early in World War II, developed the first scientific approach to the pathological and medical investigation of aviation accident trauma.


Federal Aviation Accident Trauma Bird Strike Crash Injury Cockpit Crew 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William J. Reals
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Aviation AdministrationUSA

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