A clear, precise, and accepted description of what happened in an accident is a necessary first step in understanding why an accident happened. Although timelines are routinely used in accident investigations, constructing an accurate and precise one can be difficult. Large volumes of information must be correlated to a common time base, and the significance of events can change as the investigation develops. This paper describes the development of a timeline application to help overcome the difficulties associated with accident timelines. Development has emphasized interactive capabilities that allow users to manage the content and format how evidence related to the accident sequence is presented. The paper concludes with a discussion about how accident timelines can enhance communication and information access.
Dietz, A. S.,
O'Callaghan, J. J.,
Coury, B. G.,
& Kolly, J. M.
(2009). Constructing Accurate and Precise Timelines for Major Aviation Accident Investigations. 2009 International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 142-147.