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Medical Factors in Aviation Mishaps

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There is simply no good reason to fly after taking a sedating medication, alcohol, or an illicit drug.

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Photo of Dr. Susan Northrup, FAA Federal Air Surgeon.
Dr. Susan Northrup, FAA Federal Air Surgeon
Dr. Susan Northrup received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a medical degree from The Ohio State University, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Texas. She is double board-certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Medicine. She is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a former regional medical director for Delta Air Lines. She is also an active private pilot.
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This article was originally published in the November/December 2022 issue of FAA Safety Briefing magazine. https://www.faa.gov/safety_briefing

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