Air Asia 8501 Crash: Cause is No Mystery-Thunderstorms Can Kill

In the 1931 novel “Night Flight” by Saint-Exupéry, we learn that even intrepid pioneering aviation heroes in the end are not match for thunderstorms in Patagonia.  We find out that thunderstorms can and will kill. We loose the wonderful hero of this timeless novel, a story of some of the earliest commercial night mail pilots.Continue reading “Air Asia 8501 Crash: Cause is No Mystery-Thunderstorms Can Kill”

Asiana 214: Cultural Issues, Fatigue or a need for better Stabilized Approach and Go Around Procedures?

Culture issues, fatigue and other human factors of every type are and will continue to be amongst the most serious safety hazards, risks or challenges for the foreseeable future in commercial aviation. In the very open cultures of North America there may be a tendency to see cultural issues not only as a non-typical factor,Continue reading “Asiana 214: Cultural Issues, Fatigue or a need for better Stabilized Approach and Go Around Procedures?”

Human Error and Training

I certainly can see why airlines with good safety records have vigorous training programs, and in many if not in most cases of mishaps, if not in all cases, human error should be found as the cause of the mishap. Let’s examine the AF Toronto mishap. Human Error: crew continued approach and landing during adverseContinue reading “Human Error and Training”