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The Naval Flight Surgeon's
Pocket Reference to Aircraft Mishap Investigation
Fourth Edition 1995

Aircraft Mishap Board

The Society of United States Naval Flight Surgeons
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed


Each naval FM, FRM, and AGM shall be investigated and reported in accordance with OPNAVINST 3750.6 by an aircraft mishap board (AMB).

Precedence: Mishap investigation and reporting responsibilities of AMB members shall take precedence over all other duties.

Membership: Minimum of 4 of the following:

  1. Flight surgeon

  2. Aviation safety officer (safety officer course graduate, if available)

  3. Officer well-qualified in aircraft maintenance

  4. Officer well-qualified in aircraft operations.
Senior Member:

Standing Board:

Privilege: The privileged status of the information the AMB acquires is one of its most important tools in obtaining complete cooperation from witnesses and in determining the cause of the mishap. Each AMB member should understand that the information derived from their work is of a privileged nature and may be used only to improve flying safety within the Navy. (see Privilege)

Consultants: A thorough and comprehensive investigation frequently requires the services of other specialized personnel, such as aircraft company technical representatives, as consultants to the AMB. Only information deemed absolutely necessary will be provided to consultants; privileged information should be limited to the AMB.

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