Technologies such as airbags and ballistic recovery parachutes can help keep pilots and passengers safe in the event of an accident. But those same technologies could pose a hazard to first responders if they haven’t deployed in the crash.
The FAA small airplane directorate addresses these and other considerations in a Web-based training presentation for first responders to a small aircraft or helicopter accident scene. The presentation provides airport operators, fire and rescue personnel, and other potential first responders with training on how to approach an aircraft accident scene safely, recognize the hazards, and preserve the wreckage.
The course is broken into five modules and provides information of value to anyone who may be likely to come across an accident scene, such as law enforcement, search-and-rescue organizations, accident investigators, or recovery workers.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is collecting additional first-responder safety information from the individual manufacturers and has begun posting links to the manufacturer information online.