Fire can either be a cause of an aircraft accident or incident or result from it. Fires occur in engines, engine bays, cabins, cargo holds, wheel wells and fuel tanks. Despite the fact that in-flight fire events are relatively rare, post-impact fires are not. Even when there is no evidence of an in-flight fire or reason to suspect one, the post impact fire can destroy a lot of evidence related to aircraft systems and structure. For this reason, some knowledge of how materials behave in the presence of fire is useful to the aircraft accident investigator. In addition, one of the areas an investigator must evaluate is the Fire Response and Survivability aspects of the accident. This requires familiarity with aircraft fire response procedures and capability. This course will provide this knowledge.
This course is designed to introduce the aircraft accident investigator to the fundamentals of fire investigation. Based on the NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, the course will begin with some basic fire science concepts and how fires begin and propagate. There will be a discussion of the behavior of aircraft fluids and materials in the presence of fire to include recognition of the differences between inflight and post-impact fire evidence. There will also be a discussion of basic fire investigation techniques. The fire investigation will be followed by an introduction to identifying and investigating explosions. This portion of the course will include discussion on bombings/terrorism evidence, typical causes and investigation procedures. The course will conclude with a brief review of fire response capability levels and how to evaluate such response.
Who Should Attend
This course is for anyone involved in aircraft accident or incident investigation who desires a more comprehensive understanding of fire dynamics and fire investigation.
How You Will Benefit