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Aviation & Plane Crash Reconstruction

Aviation incidents require specialized knowledge and Crashteams has the experts for the task. Our aviation experts are specialists with many years experience in analyzing and reconstructing plane crashes and aviation related incidents.

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Aircraft incident reconstructions

The quality of an aircraft accident reconstruction report  plays a critical role in determining whether the investigation is successful in enhancing aircraft travel safety. However, these reconstructions require analysis of complex sets of data and situations where the available data can be vague, incomplete and misleading. Despite its importance, complexity, and reliance on investigators' judgments, analysis has been a neglected area in terms of standards, guidance and training of investigators in most organizations that conduct safety investigations.

To address this situation, Crashteams AVIATION developed a comprehensive investigation analysis framework. This provides results which answer the important issues  for a particular incident, but also provide valuable insights to the standards of the industry going forward.

Crashteams AVIATION believes that its investigation analysis procedure  is well suited to its role as an independent, arms length safety investigation entity. We are committed to contributing to air travel safety by reporting key issues which relate to an ongoing evolution of preventive maintenance standards, training and aircraft manufacturing.

The following brief descriptions illustrate how diverse the causations can be and how important it becomes to have a wide range of investigation expertise to reach the conclusions that are demanded by interested parties

11/23/1996

Ethiopian Airlines
B-767

Off Moroni, Comoros

The aircraft was hijacked shortly after taking off from Ethiopia by three drunken escaped prisoners. They demanded to be flown to Australia, but wouldn't let the pilot stop to refuel. The plane eventually ran out of fuel and ditched 500 feet offshore killing 127 of 157 aboard.

04/15/1997

Azerbaijan Airlines
Yakovlev 40

Gyandzha, Azerbaijan

A stray bullet from training soldiers struck the landing plane, hitting an oxygen cylinder. A fire broke out and control of the plane was lost and it crashed.

07/23/1999

All Nippon Airways
B-747

Tokyo, Japan

Two minutes after taking off a man carrying a knife forced a flight attendant to take him in the cockpit of the plane. A fan of computer flight-simulation games, he stated he just wanted to fly a real plane. After forcing the co-pilot out of the cockpit he ordered the captain to fly to a U.S. Air Force base in western Tokyo. When he refused, he stabbed the captain and seized the controls. After a sudden drop in altitude, the co-pilot and an off duty crew member entered the cockpit and overpowered the hijacker. A one point the plane plunged to within 984 feet of the ground. The plane ultimately landed safely but the captain died of his injuries.

05/25/2000

Philippine Air Lines
Airbus A-330Near

Near Manila, Philippines

A hijacker robbed passengers, jumped out of the plane with a homemade parachute and was killed in the jump.

08/24/2001

Canadian Air Transat
Airbus A-330

Terceira, Azores

The Airbus 330, without engine power, glided for almost 20 minutes, descending from for more than 30,000 ft. before landing safely at Lajes Airport. Several tires blew out causing a fire which was quickly extinguished by emergency crews. The leak was caused by a damaged fuel feed pipe that was caused by interference from the aft hydraulic pump which was improperly installed. No one was seriously injured.

08/27/2006

Comair
Canadair CRJ-200ER

Lexington, Kentucky

The plane took off from the wrong runway that was too short. The aircraft ran off the end of the runway and crashed killing 49 of the 50 aboard.



Causes of Fatal Accidents by Decade (percentage)

Cause

1950s

1960s

1970s

1980s

1990s

2000s

All

 Pilot Error

41

37

29

30

31

30

33

 Pilot Error  (weather related)

11

17

15

16

19

19

16

 Pilot Error (mechanical related)

7

3

4

4

6

3

4

 Total Pilot Error

59

57

48

50

56

52

53

 Other Human Error

4

7

10

6

7

9

7

 Weather

14

11

10

12

9

8

11

 Mechanical Failure

20

19

21

21

21

25

21

 Sabotage

3

4

9

10

7

6

7

 Other Cause

0

2

2

1

1

0

1


CT GlobeSpecialized Aviation Reconstruction Experts

Crashteams AVIATION experts bring decades of industry experience along with expert witness credentials to provide a reliable investigation team.

Litigation involving plane related incidents requires specialized knowledge. Our experts have experience, and detailed knowledge of the physics of plane related collisions.

To reconstruct and understand the forces, and relevant factors at play in a plane incident you need specialized knowledge. That is why Crashteams has specialized aviation experts to provide the knowledge required for an accurate and professional reconstruction.

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What can Crashteams do for you?

Our aviation crash investigators have the tools and skills required to discern between a human error or material failure. They provide detailed reports and give testimony in court.

We understand that there is a lot of personal and financial damage done. There is a lot of money at stake in aviation incidents, that why you should rely on the best in the business!

Crashteams are worldwide experts aviation related incidents.
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Our Services

Crash Reconstruction

Our Crashteams reconstructionists are the most highly trained and qualified individuals in the industry.

Scene Surveys

All Crashteams experts utilize survey equipment to produce precision crash scene diagrams and 3D models.

Expert Witnesses Testimony

All Crashteams reconstructionists are qualified expert witnesses and have given testimony at all court levels and jurisdictions.

Witness Interviews

Your Crashteams experts can interview witnesses and secure detailed statements, as recorded interviews in audio and video formats.

3D Animations

Crashteams experts are all trained and certified as forensic animators. You will find it advantageous that your reconstructionist and animator are the same person.

Crash Simulation

Crashteams experts are qualified to use many different software applications to simulate the crash for the purposes of answering what if scenarios and exposing errors in the hypotheses advanced by opposing experts.

Rebuttal Reports

You may send us reports from opposing experts and we will be able to tell you immediately if a rebuttal is useful and if so, we produce professional, objective, commentaries.

Managed Services

Crashteams have the expertise coverage and manpower to take on all the crash investigation requirements of a community as a public private partnership.