Campus program asks: “How do planes crash?”

Wreckage from the April 2010 crash of a PolishTu-154M.

Wreckage from the April 2010 crash of a PolishTu-154M.

“How do planes crash? A discussion of two controversial air disasters from an engineering perspective” is the subject of a program 3 p.m. Friday, April 17 in the Jones Room of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The program, sponsored by the YSU Peace and Conflict Studies Program and the Department of Politics and International Relations, is free and open to the public.

The discuss will center on the April 2010 crash of a PolishTu-154M on its way to Smolensk, Russia. Among the dead were high-ranking members of the Polish government, military and civil society. The plane was on its way to a commemorative ceremony, honoring the thousands of Polish military officers who had been executed by orders from Joseph Stalin during World War II. The crash remains under investigation by the Polish Parliament; the results of the investigation have also been presented to the European Parliament.

Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine.

The discussion will also consider the July 2014 crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which occurred in Ukraine, killing all 283 passengers.

Two distinguished engineering experts, Wieslaw Binienda of Akron University’s Civil Engineering Department, and Glenn Arthur Jorgenson, an aviation expert at the Technical University of Denmark, will present their findings on these events. Both have been experts on the Polish Parliamentary Committee investigating the Smolensk crash.

For more information, contact Keith Lepak at 330-941-3437.