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Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is an envisioned concept of operation for managing uncrewed and crewed flights for urban, regional, and interregional air transportation. One element of further development of this envisioned system is to specify architectures in terms of roles and procedures for managing contingencies. Contingency management is a highly distributed function involving coordination between multiple system actors. In this study, a computational model is applied to analyze envisioned procedures and identify architectural solutions to improve the robustness of the contingency response. The simulation framework Work Models that Compute (WMC) is used to analyze a proposed UAM lost link procedure in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) airspace while varying task design and control authority of operators, service providers, pilots, and vertiport operators. The simulations provide insights into how candidate designs align or misalign with the dynamics of the contingency. This approach can improve the design and verification of procedures in similar envisioned operations.