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SFTY 330 : Aircraft Accident Investigation

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Aircraft Accident Investigation
This course is a detailed evaluation of methods and procedures involved in aircraft accident investigation. The organization, duties, and procedures of the Aircraft Accident Board are analyzed. The student explores procedures for determining accident causes through analysis of such elements as the function and techniques employed by the trained accident investigator and the role of the specialized laboratory. Analysis is also made of reporting procedures and the all-important follow-up work designed to avoid similar or related aircraft accidents.

The course will familiarize students with current practices and principles of aircraft accident investigation and will examine the roles and responsibilities of government agencies in the process, as well as other parties involved. The course will provide practical exercises in aircraft accident investigation and a review of accident reports and documentation.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

1. Identify in writing definitions, terms, principles and investigative concepts discussed in accident investigation.

2. Evaluate and analyze in writing, the organizations conducting aircraft accident investigations in the United States.

3. Explain the history of the National Transportation Safety Board and gauge the evolution of investigative technologies on determining mishap causations.

4. Compare and contrast in writing, the initial actions at an aircraft accident site of a first responder at scene and on-scene accident investigator.

5. Demonstrate verbally or in writing, the basic techniques and procedures for photographing an aircraft crash site and extrapolating key evidence.6. Evaluate in writing and appraise cause and effect relationships in the various techniques to record evidence discovered at an aircraft crash site.

7. Demonstrate and analyze in writing, the various techniques applying both deductive and inductive logic to explain the rationale for determining error chain factors in an aircraft accident.

8. Prepare a written case study and presentation on a specific aircraft accident, applying course mishap modeling formats e.g., SHELL, 5M, Reasons’ concepts or an instructor designated matrix.

Upon course completion, students will be able to:

9. Demonstrate appropriate selection and application of a research method and statistical analysis (where required), specific to the course subject matter. (Effective July 1, 2013)

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Rick Lawin - 3/1/2015
Mr. Scott Burgess - 3/1/2015
Dr. Dennis Vincenzi - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kenneth Witcher - 3/1/2015
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