Aircraft accident investigation in football

By Luke Clark
February 21, 2019

The recent light aircraft accident causing the tragic passing of Argentina and Cardiff City football star, Emiliano Sala, highlights the importance of Accident Investigation in sport more than ever.

Over the past couple of years alone, this incident is one of three that stands out most in the world of soccer. As someone who is relatively new to the subject of accident investigation – and as a football fan – I followed the below examples in the news quite closely, so have decided to dig...

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Zuzana's Journey: From Admissions employee to aviation student

By Luke Clark
February 4, 2019

Just over three and a half years ago, Zuzana discovered Cranfield University following her husband's recommendation to take flying lessons there. A couple of years later, after her first visit, she started to work for the university as an Admissions Assistant

After 15 months in the role, she decided to completely change her career path and embark on the challenge to study a full-time Master's in aviation in 2018.

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Who chooses your spokesperson?

By Linda Tavlin
December 17, 2018

This blog post is by author, Linda Tavlin, communications expert, and international consultant and Cranfield instructor, who has trained aviation organisations all over the world including AirAsia and Swiss Air.

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Is increased visibility key for a successful search and rescue at sea?

By Jim Nixon
December 7, 2018

Those of a certain age will remember the 1985 public information film ‘Get Yourself Seen’. The advert demonstrates different ways to improve the visibility of cyclists – predominantly children – who would have just learned how to ride a bicycle.

This advertisement, with its frantic soundtrack, underlined the importance of being visible to other road users, and preserve personal safety.

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A good accident investigation is no accident (Part II)

By Bill Dawson
November 15, 2018
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A good accident investigation is no accident (Part I)

By Bill Dawson
November 8, 2018

Bill Dawson, Senior Inspector (Ports & Harbours) for the Defence Safety Authority (DSA), writes about his time at Cranfield University after studying our Fundamentals of Accident Investigation and Applied Marine Accident Investigation short courses.

Find out how he got on, and the areas of the courses he found most interesting and relevant, below.

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World-leading approach to patient safety: Working with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch to set the standard for national safety investigations

By Pete McCarthy
October 31, 2018

Cranfield University, Safety and Accident Investigation Centre (CSAIC) has been working closely with national and international state level safety investigation organisations for more than four decades. CSAIC delivered their first course aimed specifically at training Air Accident Investigators in 1977, attracting an international cohort of students that paved the way for the hugely successful accident investigation course.

The following decades (after some very high profile, high impact...

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Training transport safety investigators: touching on the now and the future

By Leigh Dunn
August 28, 2018

"If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again."*

*Having first conducted a comprehensive safety investigation, which is not carried out to apportion blame or liability but to make evidence-based safety recommendations with the intention of reducing the likelihood of reoccurrence, and in improving overall safety.

The iconic phrase "If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again" is attributed to Thomas Palmer from his 1840 book, titled The Teacher’s Manual. The phrase highlights the...

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