Air Accident Investigations: Current Issues and Trends Research Paper by Nicky

Air Accident Investigations: Current Issues and Trends
A comprehensive research paper that identifies current issues, problems and trends in air accidents and their investigation.
# 148349 | 23,400 words | 37 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2011 in Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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The paper presents a mixed methodological approach to examine the relevant literature concerning aviation safety in general and air accident investigations in particular. The paper also provides a quantitative analysis of the causes and incidence of various types of aircraft accidents and provides a recapitulation of recent media reports concerning the same.
The paper contains tables, graphs and other figures and includes appendices that list aviation disasters and their causes.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Review of Related Literature
Chapter 3: Discussion and Data Analysis
Chapter 4: Conclusions and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"Civil aviation in general and particularly in the United States has achieved an enviable safety record over the years which now stand at less than one accident per million departures. This accident rate places aviation among the safest industries in the world. Nevertheless, based on the considerable growth expected in air travel (the current number of 25 million flights per year worldwide is expected to double by the year 2010), it is not sufficient to maintain existing safety rates and the need for improved aviation safety is apparent (Sarter & Amalberti, 2000) [1]. Unless the already low accident rate in aviation is reduced even further, the increased traffic volume will lead to an average of 25 accidents per year, with over 1,000 fatalities. Because 70 percent to 80 percent of all aviation accidents are considered to involve human error, one promising avenue appears to be investments in a better understanding of, and better support for, human performance and human-machine interaction."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Sarter, N. B. & Amalberti, R. (2000). Cognitive engineering in the aviation domain. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Phillips, R. A. & Talley, W. K. (1998). Airline safety investments and operating conditions: Determinants of aircraft damage severity. Southern Economic Journal, 59(2), 157.
  • Oster, C. V., Jr., Strong, J. S. & Zorn, C. K. (2000, Winter). Improving air safety: Long-term challenges. Issues in Science and Technology, 17(2), 77.
  • Some reasons why planes crash. (2008) Aviation Attorneys. [Online]. Available: http://
  • Annual Review of Aircraft Accident Data U.S. General Aviation, Calendar Year 2003. (2003). National Transportation Safety Board. [Online]. Available: publictn/2007/ARG0701.pdf.

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