In 2012, the number of passengers flying for business reached 2.9 billion worldwide and 730 million domestically. In addition to being called upon to investigate airplane crashes, ARCCA engineers have also evaluated numerous non-flight related airport incidents, including trip and falls, slip and falls, escalator incidents, tarmac incidents, baggage handling, crew member incidents, jet bridge incidents, motor vehicle incidents, and pedestrian incidents that occur at or in airports or surrounding service properties or businesses. As an example, ARCCA was retained to evaluate an incident where a crew member on a cargo plane fell while climbing air stairs within the aircraft.
Based on the site and evidence inspection, review of written materials, and engineering research, ARCCA’s expert determined that standards were met with regard to the element of the airport or aircraft in which the incident occurred. In this case, the air stairs conformed to the design specifications of the aircraft manufacturer at the time of the inspection. The maintenance records revealed timely inspections and repairs to all elements of the aircraft, including the incident stairs. The aircraft and stair design were approved by the FAA.