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On July 16, 1999, John Kennedy Jr. died when the plane he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard. Experts suspect Kennedy was a victim of what's called the "graveyard spiral." It can happen to pilots, including very well-trained pilots, because in certain situations the inner ear can cause disorientation. It can trick you into feeling motion that is different from reality. Specialists at Mayo Clinic in the Aerospace Medicine and Vestibular Research Laboratory are developing tools to help pilots and others who work in extreme environments stay safe.