Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: If an aircraft takes off from the boat and the cat fails causing damage to another aircraft that is static, who does the mishap?
- The senior CO of aircraft involved does the mishap. It doesn't matter what organization may have caused the mishap. Fault/credit of the mishap will be attributed in the endorsement.
- Q: Who provides the Senior Member for a MISHAP?
- The Wing or MAW usually provides the name. OPNAVINST 3750 states that the aircraft controlling custodian or the designated appointing authority shall appoint AMB members by name and in writing. On all Class A Mishap Investigations, appoint the senior member from commands not involved in the mishap - preferably from outside the expected endorsing chain.
- Q: What ownership rights does the foreign soil coroner have with the deceased remains of American servicemen involved in mishaps on foreign soil? How does the SOFA fit in and also MOU/MOA's as well? Is a range considered foreign soil or is there a specific clause where that is involved?
- It is up to the SOFA and the MOU/MOA that the unit makes with the foreign country. That will most likely occur at the wing or group level when in theatre.
- Q: Who has the final say if a wreck is to be salvaged?
- You as an AMB decide if you need it based on your investigation. You make the request up to the controlling custodian and in liaison with NSC they coordinate with the TYCOM/CINC to see if they want to do that. If they want to and can't fund it then the NSC will coordinate that with CNO backing and get a hold of the Supervisor of Salvage. See diagram in the pocket book issued in class.
- Q: Who is responsible for assisting with the reclamation effort off base?
- OPNAVINST 3750 states: Commanders of Naval and Marine Corps Air Stations, air facilities, and expeditionary airfields shall:
- Provide access to, or a list of, environmental experts capable of coordinating the removal of environmental wastes and contaminants from a crash site and determining the extent of environmental damage.
- Stock tools and equipment not normally carried in squadron investigation kits, such as: Tyvex suits, positive breathing apparatuses, picks, shovels, gas-driven circular saws, tri-walls, pallets, camping gear for site security, foul-weather gear, water buffalo, sanitation equipment, food, communication equipment, floor wax (to dampen composite materials), and flood lights.
- Q: Does a baby rattler shoot more venom than a grown rattler?
- No. This is false. It is a long standing myth that this is the case. Bottom line - stay away from all snakes that you are not sure of.
Q: Is the information that comes from a medical analysis privileged or not?
- If it is pure technical data like urinalysis and blood work it is non-privileged. Any analysis of data (e.g., Aeromedical Analysis) or interview (e.g., 72-hour history) by the flight surgeon or any medical authority it is privileged.
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