Dr. David King

David King was the United Kingdom’s Chief Inspector of Air Accidents; Head of the Department for Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) based in Farnborough.

He served an apprenticeship with Hawker Siddeley Aviation, obtaining a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering and then worked in the Future Projects section on Harrier development and early Hawk wind tunnel testing.

He joined the AAIB as an investigator in 1972 and was engaged in accident investigations throughout Europe, Africa, North, Central and South America. As the Investigator-in-Charge, he has been responsible for the conduct of investigations into several large public transport accidents, including investigations focussed on human factors helping to develop knowledge in the area of maintenance activity related Human Factors.

He obtained an MBA from The City University in 1991, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. In 1999 he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering by Kingston University in recognition of more than 25 years contribution to aircraft accident investigation.

After the AAIB, David spent 9 years as Chair of the Board Safety Review Committee for Cathay Pacific and 8 years as a Non-executive Director on the board of the UK CAA.

David is a former CHIRP Trustee and a current visiting Professor of Cranfield University assigned to the Safety and Accident Investigation section.

He has held a multi-engine Private Pilot’s Licence with an unrestricted Instrument rating.