| Abstract to be
presented at the American Osteopathic Radiology Conference
Fracture patterns observed
passengers and crew
of a large aircraft mishap.
Mark DeSantis, DO, Charles Wetli, M.D. S.Dawson,M.D., Suffolk
Examiners Office, New York, Nassau County Medical Center, East Meadow,
On July 1996, a Trans World Airlines (TWA Flight 800) 747 aircraft crashed
into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island with the loss of 230 passengers
crew. The airplane was destroyed by explosion, , and impact forces
ocean. Radiological examinations were performed before postmortem
Of the 150 films reviewed 149 displayed bilateral rib fractures.
displayed open book type pelvic fractures. There were 5 exams that
complete distraction fractures of the thorocolumbar spine. Downward
acceleration, deceleration and rotation were most likely the dominant
which inflicted the vertebral column and pelvic fractures. Fractures
parallel patterns of injuries seen in military aircrews
during aircraft mishaps.