Year: 1972 Source: Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Aviation Medicine, no.FAA-AM-72-2, (January 1972), p.1-5 SIEC No: 19820711

A new approach to the investigation of aviation accidents has 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. 12 fatal accidents were studied this way in 1971. When accident investigation is supplemented by a psychosocial or “lifestyle” reconstruction, a deeper understanding of the cause often emerges.