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NTSB Training Center.


Aircraft Accident Investigation


This course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of the procedures and methods used and the skills required to investigate an aircraft accident. Examples from recent NTSB investigations will be used to demonstrate particular aspects of the investigative process.

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Dates and Tuition

March 31-April 11, 2014
$3,970 early registration, by February 26, 2014
4,020 late registration, between February 27, 2014 and March 26, 2014

$100 processing fee will be added to tuitions for all offline applications.
A tuition invoice can be ordered for a $25 processing fee.

September 8-19, 2014
$3,970 early registration, by August 3, 2014
$4,020 late registration, between August 4, 2013 and September 3, 2014.

$100 processing fee will be added to tuitions for all offline applications. A tuition invoice can be ordered for a $25 processing fee. 

Note:  Payment must be made at time of registration.


8:00 am - 4:30 pm.


NTSB Training Center • 45065 Riverside Parkway • Ashburn, Virginia 20147


OPEN.  Applications are now being accepted.

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March 31-April 11, 2014
September 8-19, 2014




  • Site documentation and management
  • Operational and mechanical aspects of aircraft performance
  • Turbine and reciprocating engines
  • Fire and explosions
  • Fracture recognition
  • Weather
  • Radar analysis
  • NTSB "party" process
  • Progress meetings
  • Survival factors
  • Human performance
  • Survivor interviews and witness reports
  • Working with local area responders
  • Safety recommendations
  • Case studies include midair collisions, in-flight fires, in-flight breakups and weather-related accidents
  • TWA flight 800 tutorial, examination of the reconstruction of the aircraft wreckage, and a discussion on how the NTSB undertakes major accident investigations

Performance Results

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the entire process, from when the NTSB receives the initial notification that an accident has occurred through the issuance of the final report and determination of the accident’s probable cause
  • Define the five major aspects of site management at an accident scene
  • Identify how safety recommendations – the primary accomplishments of an accident investigation – are developed and issued
  • Identify what questions to ask accident witnesses to elicit the most accurate information
  • Distinguish the difference between structural failures that may have caused the accident and structural damage that occurred as a result of the accident
  • Confidently interact with the media at the accident site and during the on-going investigation

Comments from course participants

Who May Attend

  • Investigators from the NTSB and other accident investigation authorities/commissions worldwide
  • Potential participants in an NTSB investigation: Investigative and safety personnel employed by airframe, engine or component manufacturers, airlines, civilian and military agencies, and related labor unions
  • Members of the academic community attending for research purposes (on a space-available basis)


Area hotels and restaurants


Washington Dulles International (IAD): 10 miles
Washington Ronald Reagan National (DCA): 30 miles
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI): 60 miles

More Information

Email or call (571) 223-3900

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