Larry Vance has spent a lifetime in aviation. His background as a training pilot, flight test examiner, and civil aviation inspector led to a career as a professional accident investigator.
He was Investigator-In-Charge for over 200 field investigations. He was also a leader in the Swissair 111 crash investigation, for which he received a Government of Canada Certification of Recognition. He also received the prestigious Government of Canada Merit Award for writing the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's Manual of Investigation Operations.
He continues to work on high-profile investigations worldwide and provides investigator training to international clients, including to government investigative agencies.
If you have ever wondered what a transportation safety investigation looks like from the inside, or aspire to be an accident investigator yourself, this book is for you.
Nearly four decades ago, I transitioned from being a full-time pilot to become a professional aircraft accident investigator. In my work solving aircraft accidents, I have two main missions – to provide valid information to the loved ones who are left to grieve – and to put in place safety barriers that will prevent another similar accident.
Despite the often traumatic and stressful circumstances that surround investigations, I have never lost my positive outlook on life, or my sense of humour. I love to share funny happenings and stories – doing so has helped sustain me and my fellow investigators through some tragic events.
You might already know me from my media appearances, or maybe from seeing my analysis of the disappearance of MH370 – I wrote about that in my previous book, MH370: Mystery Solved. But you don’t know much about what brought me to the point where I could write that book, or about the life experiences that shaped me both personally and professionally. Soon, you will.
This book is the personal story of my life as an air crash investigator. I hope you learn from it, and I hope you have a laugh (or maybe a dozen) in the process.