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Asiana Airlines Flight 214

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 This article focuses on a major human factors–related issue that includesthe undeniable role of cultural factors and cockpit automation and their seriousimpact on flight crew performance, communication, and aviation safety. Thereport concentrates on the flight crew performance of the Boeing777–Asiana Airlines Flight 214 accident, by exploring issues concerningmode confusion and autothrottle systems. It also further reviews the vital roleof cultural factors in aviation safety and provides a brief overview of past,related accidents. Automation progressions have been created in an attempt todesign an error-free flight deck. However, to do that, the pilot must stillthoroughly understand every component of the flight deck – mostimportantly, the automation. Otherwise, if pilots are not completely competentin terms of their automation, the slightest errors can lead to fatal accidents.As seen in the case of Asiana Flight 214, even though engineering designs andpilot training have greatly evolved over the years, there are many cultural,design, and communication factors that affect pilot performance. It is concludedthat aviation systems designers, in cooperation with pilots and regulatorybodies, should lead the strategic effort of systematically addressing theserious issues of cockpit automation, human factors, and cultural issues,including their interactions, which will certainly lead to better solutions forsafer flights. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors American Psychological Association

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 Hogrefe Publishing
ISSN
2192-0923
eISSN
2192-0931
DOI
10.1027/2192-0923/a000066
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Abstract

This article focuses on a major human factors–related issue that includesthe undeniable role of cultural factors and cockpit automation and their seriousimpact on flight crew performance, communication, and aviation safety. Thereport concentrates on the flight crew performance of the Boeing777–Asiana Airlines Flight 214 accident, by exploring issues concerningmode confusion and autothrottle systems. It also further reviews the vital roleof cultural factors in aviation safety and provides a brief overview of past,related accidents. Automation progressions have been created in an attempt todesign an error-free flight deck. However, to do that, the pilot must stillthoroughly understand every component of the flight deck – mostimportantly, the automation. Otherwise, if pilots are not completely competentin terms of their automation, the slightest errors can lead to fatal accidents.As seen in the case of Asiana Flight 214, even though engineering designs andpilot training have greatly evolved over the years, there are many cultural,design, and communication factors that affect pilot performance. It is concludedthat aviation systems designers, in cooperation with pilots and regulatorybodies, should lead the strategic effort of systematically addressing theserious issues of cockpit automation, human factors, and cultural issues,including their interactions, which will certainly lead to better solutions forsafer flights.

Journal

Aviation Psychology and Applied Human FactorsAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Nov 17, 2014

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