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AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION AND RECONSTRUCTION

Successful mishap and accident reconstruction requires extensive training, experience and skill in the evaluation of evidence and data. FAA professionals are dedicated to objective and independent scientific analyses based on physical laws, contemporary research and sound engineering and scientific judgment. All opinions are supported by qualified expert witness testimony.

Forensic Aerospace Associates gathers facts from all available sources, including governmental agency reports, photographs, voice and flight data recordings, radar data, witness statements, inspection of the accident or crash site, inspection of the vehicle or aircraft wreckage, inspection of exemplar vehicles or aircraft, medical, toxicological, and pathology reports. Once all the facts have been gathered, FAA uses a differential, forced factual exclusion methodology and human factors analysis to determine probable causation. A complete, comprehensive reconstruction report is generated for insurance adjusters, attorneys, government agencies and industry to conduct an engineering analysis or appraisal of claims and accidents.

Airport Operations and Maintenance

  • Design and Layout
  • Surface Type and Maintenance
  • Coefficients of Braking Friction
  • Safety Areas
  • Marking and Signs
  • Lighting Systems
  • Navigational Aids
  • Obstructions to Flight Safety
  • Fuel and Ground Handling
  • Ground Snow and Ice Removal
  • Aircraft Deice Procedures
  • Airport Crash-Fire Rescue
  • Inspection Procedures

Flight Operations

  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Flight Planning Procedures
  • Dispatching Procedures
  • Weight and Balance Calculations
  • Instrument Flight Rules Procedures
  • Crew History, Training, Competency
  • Probable Flight Path and Profile
  • Crew Interviews

Crash Scene Investigation

  • Wreckage Distribution Plotting
  • Occupant Distribution Plotting
  • Witness Interviews and Statements
  • Witness Distribution Plotting
  • Property Damage Assessment

Aircraft Systems

  • Powerplants and Propellers
  • Turbine Engine System Analysis
  • Flight and Navigation Controls Analysis
  • Fuel Distribution System Analysis
  • Hydraulic System Analysis
  • Environmental Systems Analyses
  • Anti-Icing System Analysis
  • Oxygen System Analysis
  • Flight Data Recorder (FDR) Analysis

Airframe and Structures

  • Airframe Damage Documentation
  • Flight Control Contiguity
  • Powerplants and Propellers
  • Wreckage Layout and Mockup

Aviation Weather Factors

  • Synoptic Situation
  • METAR, Airmets & Sigmets
  • Pilot Reports
  • Weather Radar Data
  • Weather Satellite Data
  • Weather Briefing and Services

Air Traffic Control

  • Status of ATC Facilities
  • Review of Radio Transmissions
  • Review of Radar Data
  • Review of ATC Handling
  • Review of ATC Separation
  • Review of ATC Personnel Statements

Aircraft Performance

  • Certification
  • Operational Capabilities
  • Stability and Control Factors
  • Aerodynamic Characteristics
  • Redundancy and Fail Safe Systems
  • Performance Limitations

Material Factors Analyses

  • Cumulative Fatigue Failures
  • Stress Corrosion Cracking
  • Creep and Stress Ruptures
  • Ductile and Brittle Failures
  • Liquid Metal Embrittlement
  • Hydrogen Embrittlement
  • Casting Failures
  • Fastener Failures
  • Gear and Shafting Failures
  • Bearing and Lubricity Failures

Human Factors Analysis

  • Physiological Factors
  • Psychological Factors
  • Pathological Injury Analysis
  • Toxicological Analysis
  • Kinetic Energy Attenuation
  • Evacuation and Egress Factors
  • Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) Analysis

Aircraft Maintenance

  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Inspection and Maintenance History
  • Airworthiness Directives
  • Service Bulletin Compliance


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