Real-life air accident becomes a learning opportunity for UTIAS engineering students

The wreckage of a small private plane rests among debris scattered inside the MarsDome at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS). The staged crash site — complete with scripted witness accounts and a wreckage trail  — is at the centre of a new graduate course on air-accident investigations.

The course is the first of its kind in Canada and gives UTIAS graduate students a rare opportunity to physically examine and determine the potential causes of a plane crash.

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