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In the age of automation, the “human error” that dooms a plane isn’t confined to the cockpit

A flight attendant of Lion Air wears a pin commemorating Lion Air flight JT610 as she prepares for a news conference about the recovery process at a hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 5, 2018.

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Remembering JT610. Over a century of air travel, Boeing once noted , human error on the part of the pilot or mechanics became the major factor causing air accidents, as the machines themselves became ever safer.

Just days ahead of the one-year anniversary tomorrow (Oct. 29) of the first deadly crash of the Boeing 737 Max, Indonesia’s final investigation report put the blame for the Lion Air crash as much on Boeing’s design of the aircraft as a range of other factors, including lapses in the US regulatory process, Lion Air maintenance, and flight crew response. The model was expected to revolutionize budget travel with its fuel savings, but after another deadly air crash in March of an Ethiopian Airlines flight, the plane was grounded globally. Together the two crashes of the same brand-new model killed 346 people in under six months.

“We found nine items we consider contributes to this accident,” Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee chief investigator Nurcahyo Utomo told reporters on Oct. 25. “If one of them is not occurring on the day, the accident maybe would not happen.”

Nevertheless, of the 25 safety recommendations the Indonesian investigators issued, more than half were directed to Boeing and the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

In an age where planes are ever more complex, the human errors that can doom a plane are no longer confined to the cockpit. Many of the most crucial ones involving the Max occurred years ago, in Boeing offices and in simulators, well before the pilots of […]

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