Aircraft Accident Investigations

AvSafe reconstructionists are skilled industry and government aircraft accident investigators experienced in NTSB and military investigations. AvSafe has worked mishaps on all continents and deep ocean settings. With experience ranging from the smallest general aviation aircraft to the largest transport - AvSafe staff can assist you in reconstructing your accident for the courtroom. AvSafe's clients include McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, Hawker Beechcraft, Cirrus, Cessna, Lycoming, Precision Airmotive, Continental Motors, Hartzell, Northrop Grumman, United States Marine Corps as well as individuals interested in finding the true cause of their accident. Some representative cases are listed below.


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Runway Incursions are accidents involving collisions between aircraft operating on airport runways and taxiways.












Inflight fires like the 1996 Miami, Florida ValuJet accident pictured at the left.













Inflight breakups like the one pictured at left.









Midair collisions like the one pictured at the left between two F/A-18's. Over 30 percent of all Navy/ Marine Corps "pilot error" accidents are midair collisions. Many military midairs involve aircraft practicing aerial combat or "dogfighting". Civil midair collisions usually involve two aircraft operating close to an airport-- either taking off or landing.





Wire strikes like the tragic EA-6B wirestrike (shown here) that killed twenty skiers in Cavalese, Italy in 1998. The Navy /Marine Corps averages 1.5 wirestrike accidents a year. The Air Force averages 1 a year. HAI reports that wirestrikes are the number one cause of helicopter accidents.