Aircraft Accident Investigation Techniques and Management

Aviation Safety & Security

Course Outline

This course provides you with an understanding of the entire aircraft accident investigation process and equips you with the knowledge and skills to participate in and support formal investigations.  


2 weeks

S$3,800 / US$2,950

^Fees are being reviewed and subject to change. Participants will be notified of the actual course fees when they are issued the Letter of Acceptance.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the entire aircraft accident investigation process
  • Participate and support in formal investigations
  • Conduct safety management systems investigations

Who Should Attend

This course is beneficial to personnel involved in accident investigations from civil aviation administrations, airport authorities, air navigation service providers, airlines, accident investigation agencies and related aviation organisations.

Learning Activities

  • Accident site-mapping exercises using GPS, laser and other measuring equipment
  • Case Studies



What Is Covered

Module 1: Aircraft Accident Investigation Techniques

  • ICAO Annex 13
  • Preparation to Conduct an Investigation
  • On-site Investigation Tasks
  • Use of Critical Data in Investigation
  • Technical Investigation
  • Operations Investigation
  • Understanding Human Factors in Aircraft Accidents
  • Aviation Medicine and Pathology
  • Organisational Factors in Safety from Airlines' Perspective
  • Safety Products: Approach and Landing Accident Reduction Tool Kit
  • Sharing of Safety Information
  • Writing the Final Report
  • Survival Factors
  • Human Factors
  • Interviewing Techniques
  • Accident Site Safety

Module 2: Aircraft Accident Investigation Management

  • International Requirements
  • Safety Programme Management
  • Management of Accident Investigations

Key Instructor(s)/Instructor(s)

Mr Caj Frostell is former Chief of the Accident Investigation and Prevention Section, Air Navigation Bureau, ICAO. During his 25 years with ICAO, he had served on many special assignments related to aviation safety projects and accident and incident investigations. Before joining ICAO, Mr Frostell was Chief of Accident Investigation with the Board of Aviation in Finland for 13 years and investigated over 300 accidents. He is the International Councillor for the International Society of Air Safety Investigators. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Southern California Safety Institute and the Advisory Board of the Pakistan Airline Pilots Association Institute of Aviation and Management Sciences.

Mr David McNair was a Senior Investigator in Canada with the federal government agency responsible for conducting aviation safety investigations. He has more than 25 years of experience and has served as an investigator-in-charge, or as part of the investigation team for a variety of major aviation occurrences in Canada and internationally. Besides having a broad experience as an accident investigator and being a qualified trainer on the various facets of investigation, Mr McNair also has an Airline Transport Pilot Licence, and more than 9,000 flying hours worldwide, in a variety of military and large transport aircraft.

Mr Alain Guilldou is currently the Team Leader of the EU-China Civil Aviation Project in Beijing. Prior to this, he was Head of Information and Communication of the French Bureau of Investigation (BEA) for more than 12 years. He was actively involved in sharing the know-how of the BEA through bilateral institutional relations, communicating the BEA's international commitment and enhancing the capabilities and professionalism of its investigators. He was involved in a large number of tasks, including issuing, translating and publicising reports, the family assistance cell, institutional communication and media relations. Mr Guilldou was also a speaker in many international institutions, conferences and workshops.


  • SAA Alumni – 10% discount
  • Group Discount – Enjoy a group discount for three or more participants registered at the same time for the same course run from the same organisation and billing source:
    • Three to six : 10%
    • Seven to nine : 15%
    • Ten or more : 20%