The Cranfield Safety and Accident Investigation Centre in co-operation with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch is proud to offer its world-renowned two-week investigation course for aviation managers.

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The course brings together the considerable expertise of investigators, operators and researchers to deliver a course that is tailored to those working at a management level.

Cranfield University works closely with the aviation industry through its Industry Advisory Board and its programme of research and continuing professional development courses. It has run aircraft accident investigation courses each year since 1977. The close relationship with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) allows Cranfield to deliver investigator courses that are taught by experts and draw upon a wealth of experience.

Note that this is a popular course that is often oversubscribed. Please confirm your booking early to guarantee a place.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration2 weeks
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£3,600. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The course is made up of a mixture of lectures, workshops, an on-site accident tutorial and a 3-day investigation simulation using Cranfield Airport and the Accident Investigation Laboratory. A strong emphasis on the development of practical skills is a key feature of this course.

What you will learn

The aim of the two-week course is to provide safety professionals and operational staff with the fundamentals behind both incident and accident investigation and the roles that will be played by operators, regulators, manufacturers, legal and government investigation agencies. Upon completion of the course, delegates will be able to conduct incident investigations within their organisation’s safety management system and also co-operate with major accident investigations.

Core content

  • Notification and reporting of incidents and accidents
  • Investigation within the context of safety management systems
  • ICAO Annex 13 recommended practices
  • European regulation 996/ 2010
  • Emergency response and crisis management
  • Site hazard and risk management
  • Sources and preservation of evidence
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Human factors
  • Passenger behaviour and cabin safety
  • Engineering investigations
  • Analytical techniques
  • Management of investigations
  • Relations with the government investigation agency, police, media and others
  • Developing and managing recommendations
  • Investigation report writing
  • Safety promotion
  • Accident prevention
  • Visit to the AAIB at Farnborough
  • Case studies – including the investigation process and outcomes
  • Practical investigation field exercise
  • Use of accident investigation laboratory
  • Crisis communication
  • Dealing with the media.

Who should attend

The course is designed for professionally qualified flight crew, airline or military flight safety officers, managers, union representatives, regulatory authority or air traffic services management and others concerned with the operational aspects of flight safety.

In particular, the course is aimed at those who may be required to carry out investigations into occurrences, or to act as advisors or technical representatives to official aircraft accident investigation teams.


One of the strengths of the this course is that we bring together a world-class group of experts to share their experiences. This includes Inspectors of Accidents from the AAIB as well as experts from a range of areas vital to the process of accident investigation. Speakers include specialists in:

  • Aviation Psychology
  • Disaster Management and Family Assistance
  • Military Aircraft Accident Investigation
  • Regulation
  • Media Relations
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Safety Management Systems.


Group discount: Where three delegates or more are booking from within one site or one organisation, a discount of 10% will apply to the invoice for the course tuition fee. Accommodation fees are not included in the discount scheme. Please ask about our discount scheme at time of booking.

Accommodation options and prices

We are pleased to offer an exclusive accommodation package at our Mitchell Hall hotel. Located on campus, all rooms are en-suite and available on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. The cost of this package is £1,200. 

If you would like to book our accommodation package for this short course*, please indicate this on your registration form. 

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel. 

*Subject to availability. 

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

Read our Professional development (CPD) booking conditions.