USC houses a collection of twisted, burnt, jagged aircraft wrecks in a warehouse outside Los Angeles and it’s where they train students to act as detectives in helicopter and plane crashes.
When there are plane crashes there’s a series of investigations. After all of that, it might end up here at USC’s Aviation Safety facility. It’s not an easy class to watch, but being an aircraft crash investigator isn’t an easy job.
As you walk through, it feels like a graveyard of broken planes for students learning how to become investigators as well as experienced investigators getting refresher courses.
They are planes that have already been examined by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and insurance companies. Here, students can learn. The crumpled, burned and mangled remains of one-time expensive aircraft are here for the examining.