State of the Airlines

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

With Aircraft Accidents its the Little Things

The recent Comair accident illustrates a point that was made to me early on in my educational process in aviation. Aircraft accidents are not normally caused by one large single point of failure. In most cases it is an accumulation of small things where the dots connect to become an accident. With the Comair accident we see just that. Taxi way construction, runway lights, tower staffing, airport manuals...I could go on. One of these things by itself would not likely cause that aircraft to go down. But when the dots connect you get a tragedy.
If you're in the industry I implore you...remember that the little things matter. Don't let the dots connect. As has been said:
Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.

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