Sample Aviation Paper on System Safety Analysis

System Safety Analysis

Aircraft investigation is one of the complex areas of forensic engineering due to complexities in the aviation industry and so multiple experts are required to unearth the causes of such accidents. Different accidents have occurred in the recent past including Spirit Stealth Bomber where an accident was caused by moisture that led to release of false data from the calibration unit. This led to miscalculations on the altitude and the result; west wing was dragged to the ground and ultimately the plane crashed and exploded. The second case of accident involved Turkish airline, this was largely blamed on wrong data that was sent by the radio altimeter. This was according to the report that was presented by Joseph Sedor an NTSB investigator (Bruno and Amberin, 2009).

There are several methods and steps that can be used in analyzing aircraft accidents first is to talk to a qualified expert who may possess the requite skills and knowledge on providing knowledge what might have led to the accident. In this case, the investigation engaged Joseph Sedor a senior NTSB investigator. Secondly, as part of analyzing aircraft accidents there is need to define the scope of the investigation. To support the assertion, the case of the Turkish airline accident whose investigation scope investigated whether there was lack of fuel to affect the engine, investigate Boeing Company and to scrutinize pilot response.

Third is to inspect the wreckage and collect evidence of data recording detailing information of the flight. It is believed that in the case of the Turkish airline accident the investigators collected data from the cockpit (Aviation Safety Network, 2009). Visiting the wreckage is also important in collecting data from survivors. Lastly, to perform analysis on the likely causes for instance, in the Turkish accident it was discovered that the pilots kept on assuming warnings that were coming from the radio altimeter. According to the investigators, response to the warning could have prevented the accident; this was because the plane had moved to a retard mode leading to idling of the engines (Bremner Charles, 2009).  After analysis, there is presentation of report to prevent future accidents. For this case, Mica Endsley has introduced studies aimed at providing relationships between pilots and technology. Additionally, it is believed that NASA is also working on the same project of providing technologies to help pilots notice problems in their flights (James Wallace, 2009).


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