Helicopter Accident Investigations

It has been said that helicopters don’t fly; they beat the air into submission. Helicopters function through the operation of thousands of components working in concert to provide lift and controllability.

Helicopter Accident Investigations

If a critical component fails in flight, options to save the helicopter and occupants become very limited; often resulting in tragedy.

Due to the number of components and process of operation, artifact dissipation of energy from a helicopter crash can make determining causation quite challenging. Add damage to evidence via post-crash fire and the task just became more difficult.

Helicopter accident investigation requires a thorough understanding of helicopter flight fundamentals, components, and operation. The investigator must know the components that help control a helicopter and how they operate. The number of components on a helicopter can be daunting yet advantageous. In a crash, energy is often transmitted through many components. This allows evidence to corroborate; assisting in excluding the “distracters” or random inconsequential wreckage.


Robson Forensic offers a fully appointed mechanical testing laboratory to assist our clients with the inspection and storage of evidence in aviation cases. Our lab facilities can accommodate large evidence items and are equipped to perform testing on a variety of electrical and mechanical devices. Visit our Mechanical Testing Laboratory page for more information.


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