In civil aviation, investigating aircraft accidents is the responsibility of the National Transportation Safety Board (in the United States) or a similar government agency in any country that is a signatory to the ICAO Conventions. Nonetheless, under ICAO Annex 13 and in the US CFR Part 830, every operator of a civil aircraft has certain responsibilities in the event of an accident or incident. These responsibilities include proper reporting, preservation of evidence, and support of the investigation team. In addition, agencies or organizations actively involved in the accident may be invited by the NTSB to participate in the investigation. This would include the operator, airframe and engine manufacturers, and other technical experts. To be qualified to join the investigation, invited participants must have the technical expertise to support the investigation as well as an understanding of the accident investigation process in order to provide accurate and timely support.

Who Should Attend

This course is for individuals who may become involved in future aircraft accident investigations in any capacity and need to understand basic investigation technology.

How You Will Benefit

  • This course covers all aspects of investigation from applicable rules and regulations through investigation technology, analysis and reports.
  • The participant develops an understanding of the entire investigation process and is well prepared to participate in future investigations.
  • This course is accepted by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals for Continuance of Certification Credit.
  • SCSI will award 8.0 CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this course.

Course Topics

  • The Civil Investigation Process (USA)
  • International Investigation Procedures (ICAO)
  • Investigation Preparation
  • Safety at the Crash Site
  • Blood-borne Pathogens
  • Priorities and Initial Actions
  • Reciprocating Engines
  • Turbine Engines
  • Oil and Fuel Analysis
  • Structures/Materials
  • Materials Laboratory Tour
  • Fire Analysis
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Instruments
  • Recording Devices
  • Flight Data Analysis
  • Wreckage Recovery and Reconstruction
  • Underwater Salvage
  • Photography and Diagrams
  • Midair Collisions
  • Interviewing Witnesses
  • Aircraft Performance Factors
  • Computers and Simulation
  • Human Factors
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Physiology
  • Accident Pathology
  • Analytical Techniques
  • Legal Aspects
  • Reporting Requirements
  • Construction of Reports
  • Investigation Management

Crash Lab

SCSI has assembled several exhibits from all over the world to allow our students a practical hands-on approach to investigation training. We routinely set aside dedicated time within the AAI course for a practical application of techniques discussed in the classroom. The AAI course given in Long Beach has two full days of crash laboratory investigations beginning with small, general aviation aircraft and progressing in tasks to a complex military jet trainer.

Course Administration

The Aircraft Accident Investigation course consists of 10 training days (80) hours of classroom instruction including hands on lab work at the SCSI Crash Laboratory (Long Beach only). Students receive a textbook, lecture outlines, additional reference material and a Certificate of Completion. Classes begin daily at 0800 and end at 4:00 PM on the final Friday. The on-site course coordinator is Denise Davalloo. Denise will be on-site daily during the course to assist in administrative and logistical matters.

Typical Comments from Attendees

  • “Very good course. Excellent overview of techniques, structures, and human factors. Aero-medical investigation particularly good.”
  • “I was impressed with the amount of knowledge the instructors have. They bring a wealth of experience to the class.”