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10.52 Threat and Error Management

10.52.2 Explain the role of human error in aviation accidents.

Human error can play a significant role in aviation accidents.

Pilots, air traffic controllers, and maintenance crews are all human and can make mistakes.

Errors in judgment, decision-making, communication, and situational awareness can lead to accidents.

It's important for the aviation industry to continuously improve training, procedures, and technology to minimise human error and enhance safety.


There are various factors that can contribute to human errors.

Some common factors include:

  • fatigue,
  • stress,
  • distractions,
  • lack of experience or training,
  • communication breakdowns, and
  • inadequate procedures or equipment.


It's important for individuals and organisations to be aware of these factors and take steps to mitigate them to ensure safety in aviation and other industries.



10.52.4 Explain the degree to which human error can be eliminated. 

In aviation, the goal is to minimise human error as much as possible.

While it's challenging to completely eliminate it, the industry takes extensive measures to reduce the likelihood and impact of human errors.

This includes:

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