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About Alan Yurman


My experience in aviation accident investigation includes 16 years as a Field Investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board in their New Jersey and Miami Offices.  I was the Investigator-in-Charge of over 1,000 accidents.  Several of these investigations were classified as major accidents.  I served as Group Chairman on Major Investigations, including NTSB Go-Team Investigations of the Maintenance, Power Plants, Structures, and Systems groups. I participated in Major Investigations of DC-9, DC-10, MD-80, Boeing 727, 737, 757, 767, 747 aircraft, the Concord, and many commuter and business aircraft.  Additionally, I have participated in several foreign accident investigations as the United States’ Accredited Representative.

Alan Yurman - NTSB Retired

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75 Jadelawns Drive
Lakewood, New Jersey 08701
: 732/267-9538 

Since retiring from the NTSB in April 2004, I have worked as a defendant’s expert on cases involving a Boeing 767-300, in Rome, Italy, for a major United States Airline, and a Bell 206 helicopter, that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana, for the engine manufacture.  According to the attorney’s that I worked with on these two cases, due to my input and investigation, both cases were settled at a much lower coast to the client then the claimants were seeking. I have also had cases involving a Cessna 206, in Mayville, New York, representing the engine manufacturer, and a PC-12/45, in West Plalia, MO. Both cases are still open.  I have given three depositions for Plaintiff’s Attorneys and deposition for a defense Attorney. In addition, I have worked as an analyst and appeared in the studio, during several aircraft accident, for WCBS-TV News and Fox Channel 5, in New York City, New York, and have appeared on air for several other accidents, consulting with their reporters on aviation safety matters. 

Commercial Helicopter & Airplane, Instrument 
Over 4000 flight Hours
Helicopter Pilot Vietnam 1967-1968
1988-2004 Air Safety Investigator, NTSB
Investigated over 1000 accidents involving all types of aircraft as investigator-in-charge.  Managed the accident sites for general aviation accidents as well as complicated airline accidents.  In my years with the Safety Board I was credited with many recommendations and accomplishments that enhanced air safety.

1985-1988, Air Safety Investigator for Continental Motors
Worked on over 400 investigations with Continental Motors, including the first two Piper Malibu accidents, and was instrumental in pointing out to them the problems with the Malibu Engines

Accident Investigator/Consultant, self-employed
Worked on 400 accidents for clients such as Bell Helicopter, Hartzell Propellers and Continental Motors
1975-1980, Aerospace Management Services International/United States Aviation Insurance Group, Air Safety Investigator/Manager

nvestigated over 400 accidents for manufacturers; Bell, Piper, Continental Motors, Lycoming, Grumman, Hartzell.  Trained 25 investigators many of whom are now working for the NTSB.  In addition, I was the Manager of the New York/ New Jersey office.  
In addition to investigations I have given safety seminars and classes at USC, FAA Regional Offices, US Army, American Airline’s Pilot’s Union, Aircraft and Engine Companies, and for numerous aviation organizations.  In addition, taught school for 2 years in a public school system in New Jersey.  
Highest Rank: Major
Division Safety Officer
20 Safety Surveys
100 Safety Prevention Classes
5 Accident Investigations.   The first investigation took place in Vietnam in 1968
1966 BA U of Texas, Arlington
1971 USC [US Army], Aero Space Safety & Management Course
1975 USC Helicopter Investigation
1977 Lycoming Engine School
1988 NTSB Basic Investigation School
1990 US Air Force Jet Engine Investigation School
1992 Boeing 737-300/400/500 Course
1992 NTSB Advance Course In Accident Investigation
Professional Affiliations and Honors
One of the first 200 members in the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, 
since Jan 31, 1972.
FAA Accident Prevention Counselor since 1986
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Senior Pilot US Army  
Listed in the 1983 edition of Who's Who in Aviation & Aerospace, published by Jan's Publishing Company ltd., for the National Aeronautics Institute, Boston & New York  

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