1. If you are investigating an aviation mishap and asking the question, “Who was at fault and who pays,” then you are doing a legal investigation.
2. If you are investigating an aviation mishap and asking the questions, “How did this happen and how can we prevent a recurrence?” then you are doing a safety investigation.
3. In either case, what is written on the door of your office, the door of your truck or car, the name tag you wear or the title of your agency is not as relevant as which question begins your investigation.
4. If the title of your agency says mishap investigation, but the purpose of your investigation is fault finding, the safety purpose remains unfulfilled.