Contact Craig Cattell

Areas of expertise

  • Air Transport Safety & Investigation
  • Human Factors
  • Human Factors for Defence


Mr Cattell is an experienced multimode accident investigator whose experience was gained with the UK Defence Accident Investigation Branch (DAIB).  From a background in aviation engineering he moved into air accident investigation before diversifying into all modes of accident investigation.  Mr Cattell is on an education and scholarship pathway and has a MSc from Cranfield University and his other degrees include an MBA and a BSc (Hons) in Engineering Management.

Mr Cattell is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

Mr Cattell joined Cranfield in 2020 as a Lecturer in Safety and Accident Investigation.  He teaches Accident Investigation, Airworthiness of Military Aircraft as well as supervising MSc students on the Safety and Accident Investigation course.  Mr Cattell is also currently developing an online Foundation in Healthcare Incident Investigation course.

Mr Cattell has specific accident investigation expertise in the use of drones for accident investigation, trauma management, multimode investigations and aviation fire investigation.

Current activities

Mr Cattell is a lecturer in safety and accident investigation, based at the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing.  He lectures on the Fundamentals of Accident Investigation, Applied Aircraft Accident Investigation and Airworthiness of Military Aircraft.  Mr Cattell also manages the Legal Skills for Accident Investigators short course. 

Current academic projects include an online Foundation in Healthcare Incident Investigation in collaboration the charity Baby Lifeline Training.  This training aims to provide healthcare professionals with the skills to carry out effective accident investigations at a Trust level.  Also Unmanned Air System Investigation and Regulator Interviewing Skills courses are in the concept phase of development with multi-stakeholder interest.

Mr Cattell is currently working towards a PgCert in Academic Practices with Cranfield.


Defence Accident Investigation Branch (DAIB)

Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB)

Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB)

Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB)

Baby Lifeline