Department of the Army Pamphlet 385-40
Army Accident Investigations and Reporting
Updated 25 February 2010


The DA PAM 385-40 is published in support of the consolidated AR 385–10 and it encompasses Army accident investigations and reporting procedures, to include aviation, ground, explosives, chemical, nuclear, radiation, biological, civilian, and maritime.

The DA PAM 385-40 states that accidents should be investigated to the degree necessary to identify the immediate mistake(s)/error(s)/failures(s), and system inadequacy(ies) which may have caused, or contributed to, the accident being investigated. The techniques and procedures contained in this pamphlet and AR 385–10 will be used in preparation of all accident reports. Appropriate forms (DA Form2397–8 (Technical Report of U.S. Army Aircraft Accident), DA Form 2397–AB (Abbreviated Aviation Accident Report, (AAAR)), DA Form 2397–U (Unmanned Aircraft System Accident Report (UASAR)), DA Form 285 (Technical Report of U.S. Army Ground Accident) or DA Form 285-AB (Abbreviated Ground Accident Report (AGAR)) will be used for reporting the results of accident investigations. b. Recommendations will be provided that will remedy the causes and minimize the chances for similar recurrences. If the Army accident investigation reveals unsafe conditions or practices affecting an item of equipment or technical publication, the safety of an entire model or series of an Army item of equipment may be involved. The DA PAM 385-40 also indicates that the appropriate commander should be notified immediately; and the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) contacted telephonically.

Army HQ provides a DA PAM 385-40 pdf link at the bottom of this page.

The DA PAM 385-40 applies to the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve, unless otherwise stated. Also, it applies to Department of Army civilian employees, all Department of Defense personnel and foreign military with and under Army operational control as well as contract personnel as prescribed in AR 385–10.

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DA PAM 385-40

DA PAM 385-40 - Army Accident Investigations and Reporting