Police Department Manual (PDP)

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Effective: 6/26/1984

Revised: 3/1/2010

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PDP 104–03: Aircraft Accidents

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To provide guidelines for the conduct and safety of university personnel in the event of an aircraft accident on campus

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Arizona State University Emergency Operations Manual

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When a private or commercial aircraft is involved in an accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will respond to examine the wreckage. No one is allowed to touch or remove any part of the aircraft, except to remove bodies, rescue injured persons, and/or remediate a hazardous situation.

When officials from NTSB respond to aircraft wreckage sites and assume control of the scene, university personnel will work with them to process the scene. Until NTSB responds, the ASU Police Department (ASU PD) will have jurisdiction of the scene.

For events that may take time to mitigate, or have severe impact on the university, it is an option to activate the emergency operation center and begin using the emergency operation plan. Information about the event will be shared using the university notification plan.

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If you are a witness:

  1. Dial 911 and advise the call taker about the location of the incident and injuries if known.
  2. Render aid as long as this action does not place you in danger’s way and you feel capable of taking such action.

If you are an ASU PD officer:

  1. Respond and render aid to those injured.
  2. Establish control of the scene (unified command).
  3. Assist NTSB or others during the investigation.

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For further information, see:

  1. PDP 101–01, “Reporting an Emergency”
  2. PDP 101–03, “Emergency Notification”


  3. PDP 101–04, “Emergency Evacuation.”

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