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 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.
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.
This project was to determine if a bird strike on the wing of a small single-engine general aviation aircraft was sufficient to result in a loss of control and crash or if it resulted from the actions of the pilot.
This project required our experts to analyze aircraft the ice accretion that would have occurred on a business jet given the meteorological conditions that existed at the time of the aircraft loss of control and accident while on approach to landing.
This project involved the midair between two small single-engine general aviation aircraft that collided after departing a controlled airport. The issue involved determining the flight paths of both aircraft and the visibility from each aircraft to the other.
The project was to analyze and determine the cause of an accident of a Boeing 737 commercial airliner that ran off the runway during the takeoff roll. The aircraft was substantially damaged from impact with the terrain and a post-crash fire
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