Aircrash Investigation

Written by Dr. D. Rao


Team of the pathologist, aviation agency investigation, local law enforcements agents, medical examiners, funeral directors and fire brigade and civil defence personnel to discuss and prepare plans for the handling of the accident.

  1. should prepare a list of supplies and the place  from which these can be obtained at short notice-like body pouches, name tag plastic bags, flashlights, photographic equipments and for recording of findings of the investigation.

Scene Investigation and Autopsy

  1. Seal off the area of disaster to prevent spectators and press reporters from interfering with the investigation.
  2. Take photographs of the wreckage and bodies, before and after placing identifying numbers.
  3. Examine the aircraft and its lost parts including the seats, seat belts and surrounding structures
  4. Help the medical investigators to examine the bodies of the victim before they are removed.


  1. Photograph the body, with and without clothes and take x-ray (when indicated)
  2. Describe clothing and personal effective data
  3. Obtain Finger Print or ask police to do it
  4. Make dental record or request dentist
  5. Note Identifying features weight, color of eyes, skin and hair, tattoos, scan, old bony deformity, absence of organs, surgery, or diseases
  6. Describe and photograph , external injuries and burn and record them on body diagram.
  7. Make internal examination, record and photograph.
  8. Look for Natural disease Condition and describe in detail
  9. Retain tissues for histological studies and toxicological analysis of hair samples for identification.
  10. Collect Samples for DNA fingerprinting.

Follow up Investigation

  1. Reconstruct the mishaps
  2. Additional investigation to identify cause of death and accident
  3. Study of Finger Prints, DNA, dental and medical records to identify
  4. Relative interviewed to obtain information about the body features, clothes and other personal effects
  5. Histology
  6. Toxicology-pilot and crew
  7. Help establish approximate time of death
  8. In homicide assist in identifying the person responsible for death.