Tuesday, July 24, 2007

What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

Human error, illustrated via a runway incursion. The visual part of this clip is an animated map, the audio is the communication between control tower and planes. The worst performer here is the tower controller, second worse are the guys who steered down the wrong taxiway, and the best are the guys who rejected the takeoff clearance. In aviation, the pilot in command has the final responsibility for flight safety, not Air Traffic Control. USAir 2998 absolutely did the right thing, and may well have saved many lives. A good pilot is always aware that the joke could be on him...

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