May 16th 2016

Aircraft Accident Investigation (Canvas net)

This course introduces participants to the regulatory foundations of aircraft accident investigation and investigative techniques specific to major accident investigations.

This course covers the technical aspects of the aircraft accident investigation process starting with preparation for investigation through report writing. Particular emphasis is placed on the study of human factors and survival investigative techniques and the application of accident investigation findings in industry and research. A critical analysis of selected aircraft accidents and an evaluation of causal factors are covered.

Participants will have the opportunity to practice evidence collection techniques via the first of its kind Virtual Aircraft Crash Lab. A critical analysis of selected aircraft accidents and an evaluation of causal factors are covered.

A study of the elements of aircraft accident investigation is essential to continued improvements in aviation safety programs and is applicable to any industry with a aviation component. This course is designed to provide you with the need for a comprehensive investigation process, the relationship of human factors in mishaps, an awareness of identifying risk and problem areas before an accident occurs, and an evaluation of causal factors and recommendations to industry.


- Demonstrate the methods of collecting, preserving, and reconstructing accident scene data (e.g., explain the major elements of accident scene photography).

- Discuss and apply legislation and regulations governing accident reporting, recovery, jurisdiction and investigation.

- Explain and apply the composition and role of the initial response or “go” team.

- Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, Military Agencies, and others for the conduct of aircraft accident investigations.

- Identify and discuss the methods, techniques, and procedures involved in aircraft accident investigation.

- Identify the elements of accident scene safety.

- Understand and apply investigative techniques associated with three phases of crash survival (impact, egress, and environment).