Accident Case Studies

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Accident Case Study - Communication Breakdown

On February 29, 2012, a Cirrus SR22 plunged to the ground just seconds before what would have been a normal landing at Melbourne, Florida. In this case study, we reconnect the links of the accident chain, and search for lessons in the tragedy.

Approx. 13 minutes

Topics:  Aerodynamics, Aeronautical Decision Making, Operations at Airports, Safety Spotlight

Accident Case Study - Delayed Reaction

On December 20, 2011, a Socata TBM-700 impacted the southbound lanes of I-287 near Morristown, New Jersey after plunging nearly 18,000 feet in less than a minute. In this case study, we piece together the events that led to the tragic loss of an entire family, and discuss what we as pilots can learn from them.

Approx. 15 minutes

This course qualifies for the AOPA Accident Forgiveness and FAA Wings Program credit

Everyone's Problem

Accident Case Study - Everyone's Problem

The Air Safety Institute’s Accident Case Study: Everyone’s Problem takes a look at a flight training accident in Texas that killed a flight instructor and two students on November 15, 2007. The video was originally developed for ASI’s new online Flight Instructor Refresher Course, and holds lessons for all of us—not only as pilots and CFIs, but as friends, peers, and co-workers.

Approx. 4 minutes

Accident Case Studies - Time Lapse

Accident Case Study - Time Lapse

One of the great advances in general aviation in recent years has been the widespread availability of datalink weather. Like any technology, though, it can be used improperly. Come along as we examine a tragic accident that highlights an important and often-overlooked limitation of datalink radar.

Approx. 12 minutes

Topics:  Safety Spotlight, VFR Into IMC

Accident Case Studies: In Too Deep

Accident Case Study - In Too Deep

On November 26, 2011, a Cirrus SR-20 plunged to the ground in suburban Chicago, killing its four occupants. What went wrong? Using audio of the pilot’s discussions with ATC and factual information from the NTSB report, we piece together the story of the flight and look at what may have motivated the pilot to continue past the point of no return.

Approx. 15 minutes

Accident Case Studies - Rescue Gone Wrong

Accident Case Study - Rescue Gone Wrong

For most pilots, the world of helicopter search and rescue is a far cry from everyday flying—but the fundamentals of aeronautical decision making still apply. Come along as we re-create one pilot's final mission, and seek to understand the circumstances that led him down a path to disaster.

Approx. 11 minutes

Accident Case Studies - Cross-Country Crisis

Accident Case Study - Cross-Country Crisis

Experience the chilling reality of an ill-fated VFR flight from Chicago to Raleigh, North Carolina. Cross-Country Crisis examines the pilot's actions as weather deteriorates and fuel becomes critical in this gripping video-recreation.

Approx. 14 minutes

Topics:  Safety Spotlight, VFR Into IMC, Aeronautical Decision Making, Cold Weather Operations

Airframe Icing

Accident Case Study - Airframe Icing

Ride along for this chilling re-creation and analysis of an accident that occurred when the pilot of a Cirrus SR22 encountered unforecast icing over the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Approx. 30 minutes

Topics:  Safety Spotlight, Cold Weather Operations

VFR into IMC

Accident Case Study - VFR Into IMC

VFR flight into instrument meteorological conditions is a leading cause of fatal GA accidents. This minicourse re-creates an actual VFR-into-IMC accident and examines the lessons we can learn from it.

Approx. 30 minutes

Topics:  Safety Spotlight, VFR Into IMC