A doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University is researching how general aviation accident reports released by the NTSB and the retelling of those events influence aviation safety.
Researcher Kristi Dunks said she is focusing on personal, agricultural, sightseeing, flight instruction, air tour, and other flights. This study will not focus on major airline accident reports. Dunks notes that she while she works as an investigator at the NTSB, “I am conducting this research as a graduate student at Texas Tech University, independent of the NTSB, and on my own time.
Retellings are recreations of the events based on the official aircraft accident reports, she said, explaining the retellings may be created by aviation user or special interest groups such as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) or the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), as well as independent writers and journalists. These retellings are produced through written, audio, or visual means, and seek to tell the story of the aviation accident.
The survey consists of 20 questions and will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed here.