Fatal Accidents in Advanced Technology Aircraft

 Principal Findings

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Our new applied study is called: Fatal Accidents in Advanced Technology Aircraft: A Critical Survey which was prepared by Captain Livni Gideon who is a very experienced pilot and investigator, mentor to the former Israeli Air Force Commander Gen (Ret) H. Bodinger.

 

The new study might help in identifying potential reasons for "Advanced Technology Aircraft" accidents and acts to prevent them.

 

Computerizing the cockpit and using advance technologies brought a dramatic decrease of aircraft accidents during the last 20 years. However, the new Glass Cockpit created different kinds of safety problems and caused some fatal accidents in which thousands of people lost their lives and the damages were enormous.

 

This applied research tests, in great depth, the reasons why 27 fatal accidents occurred while involving advanced technology aircrafts.  The research analyzes the acute phenomena, which characterizes the human factor in Glass Cockpit aircraft:

 

*          Misunderstanding the behavior of the aircraft, including its systems

*          Canalizing events

*          Spatial orientation failures

*          Aircraft maneuvering envelopes exceedance

*          The unique mental factors

 

The research analyzes the deterioration of acute technical failures, leading to loss of control of the aircraft, and to the contribution of the “organization” factors (manufacturer, airlines and the civil aviation authorities) to the chain of failures, which led to the occurrence of the accidents, relating to the aircrafts’ design, maintenance, operation and the policy involving aircrew handling.

 

In addition to the conclusions and recommendations, and to prevent the recurrence of similar accidents, the research outlines a strategy for future preparation to the replacement of future aircraft technology, in order to prevent accidents defined as “the childhood diseases of the new technology”.

 

During an era when the outcome of one fatal accident often leads to the airline’s bankruptcy, this study possesses a unique significance due to the general perception and to the irregular approach of the analysis concerning the phenomena common to the overall accidents.

 

Table of Contents

 

 

 

.        Abstract............................................................................................................ i

 

         Preface............................................................................................................. ii

 

         Abbreviations.................................................................................................... iv

 

I        Methodology..................................................................................................... 1

        

II       Analysis............................................................................................................ 5

 

III      Findings............................................................................................................ 37

 

IV     Conclusions....................................................................................................... 48

 

V       Recommendations............................................................................................. 55

 

         Acknowledgements…………………………………………………………..58

 

         References........................................................................................................ 59

 

 

 

Appendixes

 

App. 1     Description of  Accidents

 

App. 2     Tables - Data Distribution

 

App. 3     Graphic representation of data

 

App. 4     Diagrams

 

App. 5     Manufacturers flight data

 

 

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