Embry-Riddle Prescott's Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Laboratory (RAAIL) is the most complete facility of its kind in the country — and the only scenario-based accident investigation facility available for use by students at any university.
The 8-acre facility gives students the opportunity to conduct simulated hands-on field investigations of a variety of aircraft accident sites. The area features nine fully recreated field scenario settings, two partial accident recreations, and natural areas where faculty members can stage additional crash site simulations.
The International Society of Air Safety Investigators (Arizona Student Chapter) created the ISASI Thermodynamics Laboratory to experiment with the effects of fire on different materials and structures. The Robertson Aircraft Accident Investigation Lab is currently used by the regular academic courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
In addition, the RAAIL is frequently used by students in the Professional Programs short course to support their projects. The lab is also used for hosting special outreach events involving other schools, safety organizations and safety-related entities.
ERAU Prescott’s commitment to continually enhance the capabilities of the “Crash Lab” will ensure that the facility will continue to be a key component for the Safety Institute and the university’s academic safety programs.