Aircraft-Assisted Pilot Suicides: Lessons to be Learned

This paper presents the summary of a literature review and accident case analysis of aircraft assisted suicides. Data from 1956-2012 were collected for general aviation in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Finland. It was found that the frequency rate varied slightly between studies. For a 20-year period (1993-2012) in the United States, the overall estimate of aircraft assisted suicides was 24/7244, or 0.33%. The detailed accident case analysis revealed that someone was aware of prior suicidal ideation in five out of the eight United States cases. The paper also examines accident investigation methods, the need for psychological autopsies, the social context of aircraft-assisted suicides, and the possibility of prevention.


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  • Accession Number: 01537926
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 30 2014 4:32PM