August 2001 Issue

Crash and Crash Again

There are several indicators that may detect pilots prone to have multiple accidents

At a recent international symposium on aviation human factors, one of the interesting sessions described an FAA study attempting to answer what traits might predict accident prone pilots.

A number of large aviation organizations airframe manufacturers, airlines, pilot organizations and the NASA Ames human factors directorate sent representatives to engage in what turned out to be a lively and interesting discussion. In the study, more than 4,000 pilots were asked to answer various questions about their background, training and attitudes. Among those who answered the survey, about half had experienced an official accident. The survey was structured to obtain a fairly representative s...

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