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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 101-103

Death of two military pilots in Hawk-108 fighter jet crash

1 Department of Forensic Medicine, National Institute of Forensic Medicine, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Ministry of Health Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 Institute of Pathology, Laboratory and Forensic Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA; Centre of Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostics and Medicine Studies, Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mohd Yusmiaidil Putera Mohd Yusof
Institute of Pathology, Laboratory and Forensic Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Campus Sungai Buloh, Jalan Hospital, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor
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DOI: 10.4103/jfsm.jfsm_91_17

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Deaths associated with emergency seat ejection are rare. This is the first case reported in Malaysia since 1980 involving the death of two renowned fighter pilots postejection as safety measures. Ejection mechanism involves several phases which last for splits of seconds. Each phase has its own setback despite serving as a safety mechanism. Both the pilots' death was as a result of the canopy separation, windblast effect, G-force effect (gravitational force) as well as acceleration effect. High speed and high altitude would have further contributed to the death.

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