Rupture of dissecting aneurysm in a China Airlines co-pilot

Kai Ping Shaw, Bang Lee Ho, Wei Hwa Lee, John M. Fong

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A 46-year-old male co-pilot of China Airlines developed shortness of breath during landing on a flight from Tokyo to Taipei on May 17, 1994. He was found dead shortly after landing. He was well and had passed his semi-annual health examination with no history of cardiovascular disease or hereditary disease. A dissecting aneurysm of DeBakey type I and cardiac tamponade with 200 ml blood inside the pericardial cavity during autopsy was noted. The right and left coronary arteries showed atherosclerotic changes with the lumen narrowing down to 30% in the anterior descending branch. Focal myocardial infarction with a healing scar, atheroma and arteriosclerosis of the small arteries including the kidney were observed. Nonspecific changes of the chest X-Ray and EKG with hyperlipoproteinemia suggests that a more advanced technique is required to carefully examine the heart condition during regular physical checkups to prevent sudden illness that might contribute to mass disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-164
Number of pages8
JournalForensic Science International
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Aviation accident
  • Aviation disaster
  • Dissecting aneurysm
  • Hyperlipoproteinemia
  • Sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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