Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Experts to research, add up 'human factors'

Human Factors study of airplane accidents ...

"Experts who study airplane accidents say the mistakes that lead to crashes are the same kinds of mistakes people make all the time, akin to locking keys in the car or forgetting an item on a grocery store shopping list.

"In an airplane, it gets you in trouble," said Scott Shappell, a professor at Clemson University who studies aviation accidents and the human errors that cause them.

Scholars say that as many as 80 percent of airplane accidents are caused by human error -- it's what experts in aviation call "human factors" and will probably be deemed one of the leading causes of the Aug. 27 crash of Comair Flight 5191, which killed 49 people. The plane crashed after trying to take off from the wrong runway at Blue Grass Airport."    (Continued via Lexington Herald-Leader)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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