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Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigations the Subject of SAE International Seminar

WARRENDALE, Pa., Feb. 27, 2013 - SAE International offers a new professional development seminar on aircraft accident and incident investigations (AAI). “Understanding and Supporting Aircraft Accident Investigation and Reconstruction” will be held March 12-13, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Qual-Tech, Inc. Training Facility, in Merritt Island, Fla.

Aircraft accident and incident investigations (AAI) should be supported by all engineering disciplines and departments involved with design, manufacturing, certification, and field operations. For individuals called upon to serve as advisors or technical representatives to official AAI teams, an understanding of aircraft accident investigation and reconstruction methodology and processes is critical to success in this supportive role.

This two-day seminar will begin with the basic requirements for conducting proper accident investigations, including investigative philosophies and procedures. The instructor will then guide participants through various data gathering methods and cover several specific types of accident investigations including those related to human factors, crashworthiness, inflight breakups, and mid-air collisions. Presentations are based on actual accidents and real-life investigation experiences and accident investigation case studies are integrated throughout the course.

Attendees of this seminar will be able to:

- Identify the key requirements and steps in the AAI process

- Identify and evaluate analytical procedures used in an AAI

- Identify and analyze potential complications that arise during an AA

- Construct and contribute analysis in support of an AAI

Instructor for the course will be Donald F. Knutson.  For more than 20 years, Mr. Knutson has conducted a multitude of field investigations on domestic and foreign accidents involving various models of civilian and military aircraft. He is President of Knutson Aviation Services (KAS), a consulting firm specializing in aircraft accident and incident investigations, wreckage reconstruction, airframe and powerplant system failure analysis, crashworthiness analysis, and air safety education and research. Mr. Knutson has taught graduate and continuing education courses on aircraft accident investigation for the Wichita State University Aerospace Engineering program and Lewis University Aviation programs. For Boeing's military operations in Wichita, he instructed engineers in basic and advanced topics on supporting U.S. Air Force crash investigations.

For more information on this course, visit; call 1-877-606-7323 (U.S. and Canada only) or +1 724 776 4970 (outside U.S. and Canada); or email 

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