Air accidents and disasters are often attributed to 'pilot error'. The author argues that such 'blamism' may obscure the underlying cause(s) of a disaster, as errors can also be induced through bad design, poor training, unrealistic rosters, sub-standard maintenance and other factors totally outside the control of the flight crew. This book combines systems theory with research data and case studies and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the aetiology of air disasters.
'Invaluable... a well-written piece of specialist research.' - Dr. Michael Reddy, Chairman of Independent Counselling and Advisory Services Limited
'[Simon] Bennett has put together an interesting set of arguments .. This book [will] have a relevance to a broad, multidisciplinary readership.' - Professor Dennis Smith, Sheffield University Business School, UK
'It makes interesting reading for pilots and lay persons concerned about the human factors element of aircraft accidents.' - First Officer Peter Griffiths, Boeing 737 Pilot
PART 1: INTRODUCTION Structure and Method Received Wisdom The Challenge A Systemic Approach to Understanding 'Human Error' PART 2: CASE STUDIES Introduction The Convair B-58 Accident The de Havilland Comet 1 Accident The Munich Air Disaster The Air Canada 'Super 63' Disaster The Trident Disaster The MALEV Mystery Conclusion PART 3: DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS The B-58 Hustler Accident The Comet 1 Accident The Munich Air Disaster The Air Canada DC-8 Disaster The Trident Disaster The MALEV Reforms Conclusions