Airline Crash Research Site
Research Information Exchange Forum
The purpose of this site is to compile reference materials
regarding commercial airline incidents and associated research work.
Contributions are welcome in the form of links to other sites and research
It has been interesting to note the number of people engaged in researching
airline accidents. I have received e-mail correspondence from over 600
individuals regarding my Airline
Disasters site including many who are working on individual projects
for College, University, School and Aviation Examinations whereby study
has been centered on aspects of air incidents. These aspects include analysis
of crashes, statistical analysis, ethics and social responsibility etc.
If you would wish your project to be evaluated for inclusion on this site,
please email either the URL address for a link to be inserted or sent your
article, report, research project or Web site href, to me at Liskd.SkyNet@dnet.co.uk
for inclusion on the SkyNet server.
Projects and Reports of Airline Incidents
Commercial Airline Disasters 1920 - 1997 - Contributor:
This site lists the Major Airline Disasters involving Commercial Airlines
from 1920 to 1997. The incidents are listed in a table in chronological
order giving details of Crash Date, Location, Aircraft Type, Airline, Likely
Reason for Crash and the number of Fatalities. Air Accident Investigation
Summaries and other reports are linked to the table which include photographs,
sound files and transcripts.
Structural Breakup of Commerical Airliners - Contributor:
This paper puts forward some of the issues relating to the structural breakup of commerical aircraft when involved in ground
collisions, in what can be termed "controlled flight into terrain" where the pilots may have some control or, where the aircraft
impacts at reduced speed. In particular during the take-off, approach and landing phases.
Event Rates For Selected Airliner Models - Contributer:
A table ranks selected airliner models by the rate of fatal events
per million flights. A fatal event being any circumstance where one of
more passengers die during the flight from causes that are directly related
to a scheduled or non-scheduled civilian airline flight.
Bird Hazzards to Aircraft
- Contributer: Todd Curtis
Birds represent a serious, but often misunderstood, threat to aircraft.
Most bird strikes do not result in any aircraft damage, but some bird strikes
have led to serious accidents involving aircraft of every size. This site
provides information on bird strike hazards to those who are unfamiliar
with the threat as well as to those who are actively involved in bird hazard
research or bird hazard reduction.
Voice Recorder Transcripts - Contributer: H. Ranter
This site contains cockpit Voice Recorder transcripts (CVR) for various
incidents dating from 27th March 1977 to November 1996. In addition a number
of cockpit voice recordings are available in .wav format.
Cargo Door Caused Accidents - Contributor:
This comprehensive site looks in detail at incidents involving in-flight cargo door opening. Inadvertent opening of the forward cargo door inflight on Boeing 747s has caused the fatal accidents of Air India Flight 182,
Pan Am Flight 103, UAL Flight 811, and TWA 800.
The distinct crash similarities of aircraft type, radar returns, wreckage plot, sudden short loud sound, abrupt power cut, fodded
engines, inflight damage, missing bodies, torn off noses, and start place of damage qualify three aircraft into one class from
which the deduction may be made that one unifying cause had the same effects. Another accident with the same similarities
except for a torn off nose and less wreckage may also be included in that class.
Refurbishment and Transcription of Airliner accident reports - Contributor:
John Wible (Editor)
This site: AIREPORTS Specialises in the refurbishment and transcription of Civil Aeronautics Board and National Transportation Safety Board airliner accident reports of the 1930's to 1970's Listings are included by; Airline, Date, Aircraft type, Midair collision and Disappearances
De Havilland Comet Crashes - Contributor:
This site is a comprehensive archive of information on De Havilland Comet Crashes. It includes Accident Investigation Reports, listings of all incidents giving date, reason, etc. and photographs of Comets.
Aspects of Air Safety - Contributor:
This site examines various aspects of airline safety under the headings of; How Safe is Safe?, Defining Safety), Airline Safety's Price Tag (An examination of the costs related to airline safety), Why Airliners Crash (Examination of factors leading to airline accidents), The Air You Breathe (In-flight cabin air quality), Pilots and Airline Safety (What's the pilot group like), Terrorism (Dancing to Terrorists' music), Airport Security (More form than substance), afety vs Profitability ( Which is truly #1 priority), Unions and Airline Safety (Does union affiliation make for safer skies), Traversing Oceans (3 hours to go and only one engine left)
The Human Factor in Aircraft Incidents - Contributor:
Antoni Andre Kepczynski
This paper sets out to analyse the events leading to the crash of a British Midland Airways Boeing 737 on the western embankment of the M1 on 8 January 1989. The issue is why did the captain shut down the wrong engine leading to an attempted emergency landing at East Midlands Airport. Two key factors which contributed to the accident were the first officer identifying the wrong engine (possibly a perceptual 'set'), and this was compounded by the lessening of smoke in the cockpit to suggesting to the captain the malfunctioning engine had indeed been identified correctly by the first officer.
Computer-Related Incidents with Commerical Aircraft
- Contributer: Peter Ladkin
The world has changed significantly for air travellers in the 1990s. New generation aircraft, such as the Airbus
A319/320/321/330/340 series and the Boeing B777 are now in service. These aircraft are `fly-by-wire'-- their primary flight control is achieved through computers. Here a series of comments and papers referring to recent computer-related accidents from various experts and
not-so-experts. The collection was originally restricted to fly-by-wire aircraft, but has since broadened to include other
computer-related or maybe-computer-related incidents. This page will grow with time. I sincerely hope not by much.
Aircrash Photograph Reference Page
- Contributer: SkyNet
Photographs of various airline accidents are available dating from
March 1977 to May 1997.
Aircraft Incident Reports Reference
Page - Contributer: SkyNet
Accident reports are available for various incidents dating from October
1947 to May 1997. The reports include those obtained from NSTB, AAIB, TSCB
as well as reports prepared and submitted by individual contributors and
Transport Safety Board (NTSB) - Contributor: NTSB
Contained on this site are NTSB Summary Air Crash Accident Reports
for the years 1982 to 1997. Details of all Air Accident Incidents
in the United States are available and can be viewed for each month.
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