ESi’s Aviation Team oversees aircraft and accident reconstruction projects for ESi’s clients, to help them gather data related to accidents involving aircraft and to understand the circumstances surrounding those accidents.
Our aviation experts possess a broad range of hands-on experience within the aviation industry, from engine design, testing, and certification, to the piloting and maintenance of aircraft, to a deep understanding of how to apply the laws of physics, and to interpreting the data we gather in our investigations.
Our aviation engineers also contribute to the development of standards and procedures that make the aviation industry safer, provide expert testimony in aviation-related litigation, and share their knowledge with universities and industry organizations as speakers and teachers.
An ESi report to the NTSB finds that the airplane accident was due to failure to activate the ice protection system on final approach for landing.
ESi’s extensive aviation experience includes deep expertise in high temperature turbine blade superalloys. We routinely diagnose blade issues such as metallic creep, fatigue cracking, and sulfidation corrosion.
The results of ESi’s investigation were used to recommend and substantiate to the USAF Technical Airworthiness Authority (TAA) a return to pressurized flight without altitude restrictions.
ESi investigated an issue involving the performance of the high temperature superalloy used in the turbine blades of a commercial aircraft engine.
A small aircraft departed for a practice flight in instrument flying conditions. Shortly after takeoff, upon entering the clouds, the aircraft deviated from its clearance, beginning a series of turns, climbs and descents. Ultimately, the aircraft entered a descending right turn and impacted a home.
In 1994, a Boeing 737 was scheduled to fly 127 passengers from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Pittsburgh International Airport. The aircraft crashed while on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all aboard.
ESi was retained to investigate an aviation crash involving airplane impacting power lines and terrain and pilot and passenger fatally injured.
United Air Lines Flight 232 crashed and broke apart during the landing attempt.
ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.Find an Expert Contact Us