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Virtual - AS101 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 aspects of the investigative process.

ID Code: AS101

​​Dates, Times, and Location

March 14-25, 2022

8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Tentative) Course Agenda will be sent a week prior to start date

Virtual, Zoom Government platform. 

Tuition and Registration

​​$3,675 early registration, February 14, 2022

$3,775 late registration, between February 15 and March 7, 2022​


  • We are no longer accepting offline registrations.
  • Payment must be made at time of registration.

​​Status: ​OPEN. Applications are now being ​accepted


  • 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

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

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) 

More Information

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