Attending an aircraft accident site is a daunting task and can seem like sensory overload. There’s a lot to see and do. The scene can be strewn with many aircraft parts, cabin furnishings, instruments and lots of bent metal. How do we sort it all out? How do we make sense of the chaos?
As an investigator, it’s your job to determine what evidence is useful. Are there any hazards at the site? What evidence is “perishable” and needs to be recorded immediately? What about those strange marks on the ground or in the trees, can they provide any useful information? Who do you contact to get information on the purpose of the flight, type of aircraft, details of the pilot and their qualifications and the aircraft fueling and maintenance records? Is there any recorded data available?
How do you analyse the information gathered and construct a logical, clear and concise report on the accident and how do you improve safety to prevent this type of accident from happening again?
If you are going to participate in an aircraft accident or incident investigation, then Southpac’s Aircraft Accident Investigation course is for you. Our instructors are ATSB trained and highly experienced with many years of accident investigation. (See Trainer Bio Page).
This course will guide you through the entire investigation process, from preparing to attend an accident site, managing the hazards and collecting the right evidence. Not only will we look at fixed-wing aircraft, but helicopter accidents as well. We will also show you how to “read” the accident site and how use the right tools and equipment. We will also be looking at human factors and how to identify a range of material failures. Also covered is how to develop clear reports that are compliant to ICAO requirements.
By sharing information on the varying traps and pitfalls that they have personally experienced, you will learn first hand how to confidently deal with challenging situations.