Aircraft Crash Survival Investigation and Analysis

Aircraft Crash Survival Investigation and Analysis

The 5-day course entails a detailed analysis of the aircraft accident environment with particular emphasis on survivability factors. It explores factors and forces that cause injury and examines the injury-role played by impact forces and occupiable space compromises. The students will examine crashworthiness and delethalization technologies and concepts with a focus on the best ways to protect occupants during a crash. Selected aircraft accidents will be used as case studies. An in-depth review of basic kinematics and development of injury-related information will be completed.

About the Course

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for personnel within the professions of:

  • Aviation safety
  • Aircraft accident investigation
  • Aircraft design and/or manufacturing
  • Others involved with aviation who have an interest in crashworthiness and survivability
Key Topics
  • A review of the historical development of "crashworthiness" and "survivability" as applied to transportation.
  • An overview of the "language" and philosophy of aircraft accident survivability.
  • The study of force and motion as applied to survivability analysis-includes gathering of data, calculation of 'G' forces and related values, and completion of a kinematic evaluation of an aircraft crash.
  • Application of kinematic data to human tolerance of primary, secondary, and tertiary 'G' forces.
  • A review of basic pathology including the basic body systems, injuries, injury mechanisms, and injury consequences associated with mechanical and thermal trauma.
  • A review of basic fire science as applied to aircraft crashes and the role that fire and its byproducts play in crash survival.
  • The 'tie-down chain' including seats, seatbelts and harnesses, seat to floor attachments, and structural integrity-everything that attaches the occupant to the airplane.
  • Review of current and future technologies designed to allow occupants to egress effectively following an aircraft crash.
  • How to build an aircraft to maximize the protection of the occupants within the structural, operational, and cost constraints necessary to find the best balance between safety and competing factors.
  • How to investigate an aircraft crash from the perspective of crashworthiness and survivability.
  • Case studies utilizing the Robertson Aircraft Investigation Laboratory.
  • When: Oct. 16-20, 2017
  • Where: Embry-Riddle Prescott, AZ Campus, Robertson Aviation Safety Center I
  • Standard Course Fee: U.S. $2,000
  • CEU's: 4