NTSB Training Center.


Survival Factors in Aviation Accidents


This intensive, hands-on, four-day course covers a wide range of aircraft occupant survivability issues, including case studies highlighting key components of accident survivability, cabin safety and emergency equipment. The material will be presented in seminar and workshop format by staff from NTSB, NASA-Langley Research Center, and the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute.

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Dates, Tuition
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Day 1-3)
8:30 am - 5:30 pm (Day 4)


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

Interest to Attend Please email Studentservices@ntsb.gov to express your interest to register to attend.  We will contact you once dates, tuition, and processing fee are determined and how to register.  Thank you.




  • Introduction to crashworthiness
  • Flight attendant emergency procedures and training
  • Documentation of injuries and fatalities
  • Documentation of emergency equipment such as evacuation slides, emergency exits and emergency lights
  • Airport emergency response plans
  • Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF)
  • Search and rescue equipment and procedures
  • Discussion of advances in safety resources and investigative methods derived from accident case studies
  • Workshop: Wreckage documentation exercise on BAE Jetstream 41
  • Workshop: Lab exercise to document seats and restraint systems
  • Workshop: Survival Factors interview techniques
Photos  Video  Video of a slide-raft inflation and images of class exercises  

Performance Results

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

  • Discuss factors affecting occupant survivability
  • Effectively represent an organization as a member of an NTSB Survival Factors Group
  • Describe the importance of flight attendant emergency procedures training and airport emergency response plans
  • Document survival factors data in an aviation accident or incident
  • Conduct interviews of accident survivors in a sensitive and thorough manner
  • Acquire updated information on NASA and FAA crashworthiness programs
Comments from course participants

Q & A

The course designer, NTSB Aviation Survival Factors Chief Nora Marshall, talks about: The public perception of aircraft accident survivability
  • How interviews of survivors contribute to an investigation
  • The use of cell phone cameras by passengers and crew
  • What types of information is crucial to a thorough Survival Factors investigation
Q & A with Nora Marshall (PDF)


Participants must provide their own digital camera for use in several documentation exercises.

Who May Attend

  • NTSB & FAA Investigators
  • Foreign aviation investigation agencies
  • Airline safety and operations personnel
  • Agencies operating public-use aircraft
  • Aircraft & aviation equipment manufacturers
  • Members of the academic community attending for research purposes (on a space-available basis)
Accommodations Area hotels and restaurants
Airports Washington Dulles International (IAD): 10 miles
Washington Ronald Reagan National (DCA): 30 miles
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI): 60 miles

More Information

Email TrainingCenter@ntsb.gov or call (571) 223-3900. 

Courses, forums and symposia are added to the schedule throughout the year.  Subscribe to the e-newsletter to learn about upcoming events and new programs: http://www.ntsb.gov/trainingcenter/list/list_mw020207.htm