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Situational Awareness and General Aviation Accidents

Situational Awareness and General Aviation Accidents Situational awareness is a concept increasingly used inaircraft accident investigation reports. We analyzed 94 general aviationaccidents in which situational awareness was mentioned by the NationalTransportation Safety Board investigator to determine factors that aresignificantly more often associated with fatality. We found a consistent use ofthe situational awareness concept, mainly applied to situations in whichaircraft inadvertently collided with each other, with other man-made objects,and with various kinds of terrain. A significantly higher proportion of fatalaccidents occurred during nighttime, in instrument meteorological conditions, orlow visibility conditions. In addition, flights occurring during the cruisephase or in combination with spatial or geographical disorientation proved mostoften fatal. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aviation Psychology and Applied Human Factors American Psychological Association

Situational Awareness and General Aviation Accidents

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 2021 Hogrefe Publishing
ISSN
2192-0923
eISSN
2192-0931
DOI
10.1027/2192-0923/a000207
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Abstract

Situational awareness is a concept increasingly used inaircraft accident investigation reports. We analyzed 94 general aviationaccidents in which situational awareness was mentioned by the NationalTransportation Safety Board investigator to determine factors that aresignificantly more often associated with fatality. We found a consistent use ofthe situational awareness concept, mainly applied to situations in whichaircraft inadvertently collided with each other, with other man-made objects,and with various kinds of terrain. A significantly higher proportion of fatalaccidents occurred during nighttime, in instrument meteorological conditions, orlow visibility conditions. In addition, flights occurring during the cruisephase or in combination with spatial or geographical disorientation proved mostoften fatal.

Journal

Aviation Psychology and Applied Human FactorsAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Aug 11, 2021

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