Cabin Accident Investigation
(CAI)

Course Description

This course focuses on the aircraft cabin environment and related investigation requirements. Attendees will be presented with information to satisfy the requirements for participation in a major investigation assigned to Cabin Safety and Survivability groups. In addition attendees will become familiar with the design requirements for major transport aircraft with particular focus on survivability considerations. Finally, each attendee will learn the unique requirements for interviewing survivors and completely documenting the cabin for deficiencies, injuries sustained during the aircraft accident, escape from the aircraft, and survivability in the post-crash environment. This course will include a practical team experience in reviewing accident data, documenting the cabin interior and analyzing contributing factors for survivability. While the CAI course can be taken without previous investigation experience, it is recommended that a basic aircraft accident investigation course or experience precede this course so that the attendee will be familiar with fundamental investigation techniques, impact assessment dynamics and systems investigation.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for:

  • The Aircraft Accident Investigator to increase appreciation for the Aircraft Cabin design and survivability aspects; and,
  • The Cabin Safety Specialist who requires dedicated training in order to be a "Party Participant".

More generally, this course is designed for anyone who is interested in, who participates in, or plans to participate in aircraft cabin accident investigations, who need to better understand the requirements, techniques, and tasks involved in cabin accident investigation.

How You Will Benefit

  • By attending this course, the attendee will become familiar with the aircraft cabin specifics of aircraft design and learn how that design contributes to crash survivability, escape, and rescue.
  • The attendee will gain valuable techniques in interviewing survivors of aircraft accidents as well as how to document injury causation.
  • To reinforce classroom presentations, a practical exercise will provide first-hand experience in aircraft cabin documentation and associated injury pattern analysis.
  • You will learn the role of an aircraft cabin accident investigator in aircraft accident investigation.
  • The CAI course is a required course for the Certificate in Aircraft Cabin Accident Investigation.
  • The Board of Certified Safety Professionals accepts this course for Continuation of Certification Credit.
  • SCSI will award 3.6 CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this course.

Course Topics

  • Overview of Course
  • Cabin Safety Investigation Guidelines
  • Applicable ICAO Standards
  • Example of NTSB Participation Guidance
  • Human Factors and Survivability Group Activities
  • Party to the Investigation Duties and Submissions
  • ISASI Guidelines for Cabin Safety Investigation
  • Technical/Engineering Aspects
  • Aircraft Cabin Design Basics
  • Identification of station points, stringers, chord, pressure bulkheads, waterline, side of body ribs, but lines, etc.
  • Cabin Materials and Failure Mechanism
  • Emergency Systems
  • System Safety / Design
  • Crash Survivability
  • Cabin and Aircraft Standards
  • Calculation of Impact Forces
  • Investigations and Analysis
  • Witness Interviewing: Cabin Crew, Passengers, NTSB Questionnaire
  • Documenting the Aircraft Cabin
  • Documenting injuries
  • Identifying Occupant Seating
  • Equipment Documentation
  • Injury vs. Wreckage Analysis
  • Team Practical Exercise
  • Team Presentation

Course Administration

Normally conducted in conjunction with the International Aircraft Cabin Safety Symposium, the Aircraft Cabin Accident Investigation Course consists of 4.5 days (36 hours) of instruction. Attendees receive course outlines, additional reference material and a Certificate of Completion. Class will be held prior to the symposium.

Typical Comments From Attendees

  • It was a privilege to me, to be among this class of aviation safety professionals.
  • Excellent presentations. Well done.
  • Very interesting subjects. Great guest instructors.