Aircraft Accidents Due to Human Errors

Human error is the chief contributor to more than 70 percent craft accidents. Human factors specialists working with the FAA’s Aviation Safety Organization have worked on promoting safety in the general airspace by improving human performance and reducing errors in the aviation system (Salas & Maurino, 2010). They did this by perfecting the design and the evaluation of the performance of aircraft systems. In the process, they improved maintenance, operations, and procedures carried out in the aircraft field.

Moreover, they have also raised pilot’s’ performance by hiring only the qualified ones (Salas & Maurino, 2010). They develop regulations and guidance including procedures supporting the certification and production approval including continued airworthiness and certification of mechanics, pilots  in the aircraft field among others. Hence, this paper is relevant to this topic as it outlines some of the measures needed to reinforce aircraft safety.

Passenger Plane Catches Fire at Fort Lauderdale Airport

The left engine of the Dynamic International Airways Boeing 767 jet on 29th October 2015 caught fire at around 12.45 p.m. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, who spread foam all over the aircraft to extinguish the flame, rescued the fire. Twenty-one travelers suffered minor injuries as none of them died. The fire was because of fuel leakage (Trischitta et al., 2015).

Case study explained above was due to human errors. The aircraft was to be inspected before being scheduled for the journey to any chance of aircraft breakdown. Leakages were due to mechanical faults. On the contrary, the travelers need to be given directions for their safety in such an occurrence (Trischitta et al., 2015). In the above case, most of the travelers delayed in the craft going back to collect their luggage in the fear of losing their money, credit cards, and even expensive human wares. Hence, this case study explains the relevance of adherence to aircraft safety guidelines provided for practice.