Structural Failure Identification In Aircraft Accident Investigations

Structural Failure Identification In Aircraft Accident Investigations

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. This course can be completed independently and can be applied toward the Certificate of Management in Aircraft Accident Investigation.  

Course Description
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 too 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.
Course Topics

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!

Course Instructors

This 3 Day Hands on Course in Structural Failure Identification of actual failed aircraft/engine components is taught by

Mr. Andy McMinn, M.S., P.E.; President and Chief Engineer of Metallurgical Air Safety Investigations, LLC (U.S. DOD/DOT Retired)


Prof. Anthony Brickhouse, MAS, ASI; Associate Professor of Aerospace and Occupational Safety and Director Aerospace Forensic Laboratory of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Dayton Beach, FL

Mr. 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.  Mr. McMinn also has over 22 years of experience in aircraft accident investigation training of both military and civil investigators.

Prof. Brickhouse has over 19 years of aviation safety/accident investigation experience. He has been teaching an undergraduate structural investigations course for the past 14 years and has participated in several structural investigations.   

Course Audience
  • Civil and Military Aircraft Accident Investigators
  • Aircraft/Engine manufacturers and maintainers
  • Aircraft/Engine owners and operators
  • When: April 10-12, 2018
  • Where: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach Campus, FL


Standard Fee
CASE-6: 3 Day: Structural Failure Identification In Aircraft Accident Investigations$1,400

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