Accession Number : AD0738464

Title :   Psychosocial Reconstruction Inventory - A Postdictal Instrument in Aircraft Accident Investigation,

Corporate Author : FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON D C OFFICE OF AVIATION MEDICINE

Personal Author(s) : Yanowitch,Robert E. ; Mohler,Stanley R. ; Nichols,E. A.

Report Date : JAN 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : A new approach to the investigation of aviation accidents has recently been initiated, utilizing a follow-on to the psychological autopsy. This approach, the psychosocial reconstruction inventory, enables the development of a dynamic, retrospective portrait of the pilot-in-command subsequent to an accident. Twelve fatal general aviation accidents were studied in this way in 1971. When routine accident investigation data are supplemented by a psychocial or 'lifestyle' reconstruction, a much deeper understanding of the cause of the accident often emerges. In addition to the traditional detailed explanation of what happened, it is often possible to determine why the pilot-in-command behaved in a fashion to produce the accident. By increasing pilot insight into the role of emotions and situational stress in accident causation, more effective accident prevention programs should result. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AVIATION ACCIDENTS, AVIATION MEDICINE), (*PILOTS, *BEHAVIOR), AVIATION SAFETY, EMOTIONS

Subject Categories : Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE