CASE-6 Structural Failure Identification in Aircraft Accident Investigation

Quick Facts


Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Course is Part of this Program
Certificate of Management in Aircraft Accident Investigation

Course Length
3 Days

Course Dates & Locations
April 7-9, 2020 - Daytona Beach Campus, FL

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This course is designed to teach the participant the fundamentals required to identify failure modes of aircraft/engine components at the aircraft accident/mishap site. It can be completed independently and can be applied toward the Certificate of Management in Aircraft Accident Investigation.  


Who Should Attend

  • Civil and Military Aircraft Accident Investigators
  • Aircraft/Engine manufacturers and maintainers
  • Aircraft/Engine owners and operators

Course Objectives

The participant will learn about structures and properties of aircraft materials and how they dictate the failure mode (overload, fatigue, stress-corrosion, etc.) of aircraft/engine components when operated outside their design specifications. The participant will then learn how to visually (1x-10x) identify failure modes to determine whether failure of the aircraft/engine component was the cause or result of the aircraft accident/mishap.

Technical lectures in basic metallurgy and composites, classroom exercises, crash laboratory exercises, and materials laboratory exercises all utilizing actual failed aircraft/engine components will help the participant achieve the goals of efficiently and quickly identifying failure modes encountered at the accident/mishap site with or without a 10x magnifier.

About the Instructors

Andy McMinn, M.S., P.E.

President and Chief Engineer of Metallurgical Air Safety Investigations

McMinn has over 34 years of experience in metallurgical/materials engineering, forensic metallurgy, failure analysis, and aircraft accident investigations of both military and civil aircraft ranging from a U.S. Air Force B-52 Bomber to a Stevens KB-2 Gyrocopter.

Anthony Brickhouse, MAS, ASI

Associate Professor of Aerospace and Occupational Safety and Director Aerospace Forensic Laboratory of ERAU

Brickhouse has over 19 years of aviation safety & accident investigation experience.

Contact Us

Office of Professional Programs, Daytona Beach Campus
1 Aerospace Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Attendees Said ...

“…The course was interesting and well organized. Instructors used good analogies. Also, good integration of hands on and classroom.”

“Great Course! Don’t change anything! Perfect for an investigator hopeful.”