The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
The bombing of the Boeing 747-121 took place on December 21, 1988 in Lockerbie, Scotland. All 243 passengers and 16 flight crew members lost their lives when the explosion punched a hole in the left side of the fuselage causing the nose of the aircraft to separate from the main section within seconds. BRC was asked to analyze possible pain and suffering issues and to opine on what the passengers and crew may have experienced in the moments immediately after the explosion.
The fatal crash at the Daytona 500 in 2001 that claimed the life of racing legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr. was a memorable event for racing fans all over the world. Dr. James Raddin played a major role in the six month inquiry into the cause of Mr. Earnhardt’s death and participated in the press conference held later that year to report his findings. In his presentation, Dr. Raddin discussed how the change in motion caused a displacement of Mr. Earnhardt’s head at impact and resulted in his fatal injuries.
Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
In 2004, NASA retained BRC to conduct an analysis of the seven crew members aboard the Columbia STS-107 which broke apart during re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere in February 2003. Dr. Robert Banks, Dr. Thomas McNish and Dr. Richard Harding were the consultants assigned to work on the analysis and their findings were part of the official NASA report released to the public on December 30, 2008.
Comair Flight 5191
On August 27, 2006, Comair Flight 5191 was scheduled to fly from Lexington, Kentucky to Atlanta, Georgia but crashed during take off, killing 49 of the 50 people on board. One of the major issues was that the airplane's fuselage, or the section that holds crew and passengers or cargo, came open, resulting in ejections during impact. BRC was retained to determine how the passengers moved during the incident, where they came to rest outside of the aircraft, and why only some were ejected. To reach those conclusions, BRC examined the forces acting on the passengers and the direction of the forces to understand how the passengers moved within the aircraft and BRC evaluated 100’s of photos taken by the NTSB to determine every occupant's final position of rest compared to their seat position.
Arturo Gatti: Murder or Suicide?
On July 11, 2009, at the age of 37, former professional boxer Arturo “Thunder” Gatti was found dead in a hotel room in Brazil while on vacation with his wife and son. Dr. Alfred Bowles was retained by private investigators hired by Gatti's manager and asked to assist in the investigation of his death. The findings of the 10-month investigation were revealed during a press conference held at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, New Jersey and Dr. Bowles was featured on a September 2011 episode of 48 Hours Mystery that discussed the uncertainty surrounding Gatti's death.