AAI covers all aspects of accident investigation. This second edition has updated chapters and includes new information on the investigation of in-flight fires, electrical circuitry, and composite structure failure. It explains the investigation procedures required by the NTSB and ICAO. After dealing with basic investigation techniques, the book covers aeronautical and structural knowledge useful to investigators. Finally it provides chapters on analysis, investigation management, and report writing. The appendices include bibliographical references tables of useful aeronautical information, the Code of Ethics and Conduct of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. There is also a glossary and comprehensive index.
The authors of Aircraft Accident Investigation (Wood and Sweginnis) provide a superb review of the philosophy, reasoning, methods, controversial issues and associated ramifications that are applied in the investigation of the unique and complex challenges posed by aircraft accidents.
Richard H. Wood has been involved in aviation safety and aircraft accident investigation since 1963. He is a Professional Engineer (Safety), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), a retired pilot (U.S. Air Force) and a retired Professor of Safety Science at the University of Southern California. He is presently a Director of Southern California Safety Institute and an active consultant in both aircraft accident investigation and aviation safety. He is the author of numerous books, articles and professional papers on aviation safety and aircraft accident investigation. He has investigated over 125 aircraft accidents and lectures on the subject for Southern California Safety Institute. He currently lives (and writes) in Bellingham, Washington.
Robert W. Sweginnis, now deceased, was an Associate Professor at Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus. He was a Professional Engineer (Safety), a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and a retired U.S. Air Force command pilot. He has been active in aircraft accident investigation and system safety since 1973. His safety experience spans the military, industry and academe. In addition to teaching at ERAU’s Center for Aerospace Safety Education, he also taught aircraft accident investigation and system safety for the University of Southern California’s Institute of Safety and Systems Management, the University of Washington’s Engineering Professional Programs, and Southern California Safety Institute.