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The pattern of injuries caused when a helicopter crashed after an uncontrolled descent of approximately 15 m is described. Eleven patients were admitted to hospital for further treatment and observation, and 7 were treated in the Accident and Emergency Department. One-third of the victims sustained injuries to the dorsolumbar spine. Some conditions which could improve flight safety are discussed.
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Accepted: March 25, 1986
© 1987 Published by Elsevier Inc.