HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Most alcohol-related plane crashes occur at night and in worsening weather conditions

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that nighttime flying and worsening weather conditions are two key characteristics of fatal plane crashes in general aviation where alcohol consumption by the pilot was also a factor.

The Hopkins team found that most alcohol-related plane crashes, 52 percent, occurred during nighttime hours, between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. In contrast, most non-alcohol-related plane crashes, 72 percent, occurred during the day, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Statistics also showed that 64 percent of alcohol-related crashes occurred in worsening weather conditions, such as rain or fog, which force the pilot to switch from visual flight rules to instrument flying.

The researchers hope their findings, to be published in the January issue of the journal Accident Analysis & Prevention, can be used to design programs similar to those that combat drunk-driving to lower accident rates.

"Pilots should never mix alcohol consumption with flying because it can impair their ability to think about key functions in operating a plane, such as interpreting flight instruments or coping with spatial disorientation," said lead study author and medical epidemiologist Guohua Li, M.D., Dr.P.H., professor of emergency medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and professor of health policy and management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. "While regulations currently ban drinking and flying, only major airlines have programs in place for regular testing of pilots, and no program exists for the general aviation pilot."

To better understand the circumstances of and identify specific risk factors involved in alcohol-related plane crashes, the Hopkins team studied medical records for 313 general aviation crashes fatal to the pilot from 1985 to 2000. Specifically, the researchers separated the files using a cut-off blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 20 milligrams per deciliter (0.02 percent BAC), the minimum reliably
'"/>

Contact: David March
dmarch1@jhmi.edu
410-955-1534
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
6-Jan-2005


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. College students at no greater risk of alcohol-related problems than peers
2. Specifying alcohol-related brain damage in young women
3. Focus on our magnetic planet
4. Mapping the air to safeguard your looks, the environment and planes in flight
5. Recirculated airplane cabin air does not cause more colds
6. Uncovering tumors, hidden subs, and cracks in airplanes using math
7. UT Southwestern researchers find automated external defibrilators are safe and effective aboard airplanes
8. Risk of death in car crashes reduced if all occupants wear seat belts
9. Drivers with type-1 diabetes report increased incidence of car crashes
10. Sedentary older women who fall at greater risk for motor vehicle crashes
11. New triage tool helps children in motor vehicle crashes get the right care

Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/22/2014)... 2014 For Dr. Iris Hunter, a job ... an extension of her life’s mission. Her extensive experience in ... owner of FirstLight HomeCare, make it clear that Hunter’s mission ... that my work makes a difference in the lives of ... so after much research, I felt ready to start on ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... October 22, 2014 The ... which is dedicated to distribute health information technology ... delivery worldwide announced the development of six key ... expect when receiving healthcare. These are an expansion ... care: “providing care that is respectful of and ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 Best Cheap ... in the world. The site has recently announced that ... hosting supplier for people from around the world. , ... in operation today and is providing various kinds of ... the company insists on offering excellent customer service and ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 Lintelus, Inc., ... Sr. Vice President of Sales, will be speaking on ... Meetings Technology Expo on October 28, at the Holiday ... hosting a booth as well as a Tech Demo ... Meeting can create a more engaging event experience. , ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... Maureen Salamon HealthDay ... Black women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) are only about ... the popular assisted reproduction technique, new research indicates, and the ... In the study, about 31 percent of white patients became ... patients. Analyzing more than 4,000 IVF cycles over two ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Dr. Iris Hunter to Host Grand Opening of FirstLight HomeCare Tomorrow 2Health News:The Sullivan Institute for Healthcare Innovation Announces Release of Guiding Principles for Patient Experience-Centered Care 2Health News:Best Cheap Hosting USA Has Recently Announced The Best Cheap Web Hosting Companies In 2014 2Health News:Jay Cormier, Sr. Vice President of Sales for Lintelus, Speaks about Event Technology Integration at Meetings Technology Expo in NYC 2Health News:Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says 2Health News:Black Women Fare Worse With Fertility Treatments, Study Says 3
(Date:10/22/2014)... -- AVACEN Medical announced today that its AVACEN 100 ... by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This clearance ... Internet for: the temporary relief of joint pain ... sprains . Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141021/153513 ... a sophisticated medical device incorporating over 3,000 firmware instructions ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... YARDLEY, Pa. , Oct. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... of their animal health medications, a Global Pharmaceutical ... and Antares serialization technology and turnkey solution to ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20141021/153438 ... The product that was serialized and aggregated by ...
(Date:10/22/2014)...  Early symptoms of diabetic eye and vision ... technology, coupled with yearly, comprehensive eye exams, are ... of eye diseases, including those associated with diabetes, ... untreated, these diseases can potentially lead to vision ... optometric researchers have deployed a new tool that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:AVACEN Medical Announces FDA Clearance of First Medical Device with Internal Game Mode 2Xyntek and Antares Serialization Solution Protects Pets Too! 2Technology Advancements Enhance Early Detection of Eye Diseases Associated with Diabetes 2Technology Advancements Enhance Early Detection of Eye Diseases Associated with Diabetes 3
Cached News: