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
September 19-30, 2022
8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Tentative) Course Agenda will be sent a week prior to start date
NTSB Training Center, 45065 Bles Park Dr. Ashburn, VA 21047
Tuition and Registration
$3,785 early registration, August 19, 2022
$3,890 late registration, between August 20 and September 12, 2022
Please review the
NTSB Visitor Requirements prior to your visit to the NTSB Training Center. It is your responsibility to read and fully comply with these requirements. Failure to comply will result in you being denied access to the Training Center. Refunds will not be granted to those who do not comply with these requirements. No exceptions!
If you have questions regarding the COVID-19 Requirements, please email Roland Thompson
We are no longer accepting offline registrations.
Payment must be made at time of registration.
Status: OPEN. Applications are now being accepted
In person courses are limited to the first 50 registrants.
- Site documentation and management
- Operational and mechanical aspects of aircraft performance
- Turbine and reciprocating engines
- Fire and explosions
- Fracture recognition
- 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
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)