Browse Publications Books R-480
2019-06-25

Basic Science and Art of Aircraft Wreckage Reconstruction R-480

“Provides excellent guidance on the documentation and reconstruction process and is a good field guide for anyone investigating an aircraft accident.”
― Anthony T. Brickhouse, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Basic Science and Art of Aircraft Wreckage Reconstruction is a unique title which addresses important aspects of investigating crashes, who does this kind of work, and how a healthy attitude and open mind are required to properly perform investigations. It also discusses what to expect from the on-scene part of the investigation, and the fundamental approaches to common types of wreckage reconstruction.

Written by Don Knutson, a veteran of this industry, Basic Science and Art of Aircraft Wreckage Reconstruction is intended for the practitioner, student, or those who are simply curious about how aircraft wreckage is reconstructed. Full references are provided in the various chapters for additional reading and research.

Many examples of aircraft crash scenarios and circumstances are presented in a “generic” form but relate to actual investigations, which should prove as a useful investigative resource whether you are an apprentice or an experience professional with a government aviation agency (NTSB, AAIB, FAA, etc.), an aircraft/engine/component manufacturer, military branch, insurance company, law enforcement agency, or a law firm.

Basic Science and Art of Aircraft Wreckage Reconstruction is a must-read book for all who are passionate about the subject and want to understand how this activity actually happens in the field.

“Properly and thoroughly documenting a crash site is the foundation of any aircraft accident investigation. Knutson’s book provides the reader with excellent guidance on the documentation and reconstruction process. The book is also a good field guide for anyone investigating an aircraft accident. My graduate students enjoyed using the book as a course text, and especially liked how the author connected his experience and personal stories. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the art and science of aircraft accident investigation.”
Anthony T. Brickhouse, MSA, ASI
Associate Professor, Aerospace & Occupational Safety
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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