Prevention and avoidance of risk factors are better than cure. Phillips advocates for accident prevention as the future key to ensuring airline safety. Failure to this, the safety record maintained by the aviation department will decline over the next two decades if they continue to focus on what caused the disasters. The author incorporates ideas from a chief engineer in Boeing, Paul Russell, to provide statistics concerning the causes of the fatal crashes and the methods that can prevent them. Aviation safety seems to decline every time a new aircraft is added to the system. Based on Russell’s projections there will be an overwhelming increase in jet fleets in the 21st century resulting in a one hull loss every week starting from 2010. This paper dissects the contents of Phillips’ article on airline safety.
According to Edwards (1994), documentations provide that human error attributed to 70 percent of aviation hull-loss accidents. A closer interpretation of human error refers to maintenance and crew resource management. In aviation, the factors are dedicated to understanding how people can be integrated into the airline technology efficiently and safely. Improvements in maintenance, piloting skills, air traffic management, and aircraft design will; therefore, reduce accidents related to human error. Mr. Russell utilizes Boeing studies in the commercial flight category to outline his assessments on the risk factors and appropriate prevention strategies.
Traditionally, the focus of airline disasters was limited to the primary causatives that led to a chain of occurrences. The procedures constrained the future scopes of accident prevention. Hence, the chief engineer gives principles that will reduce the aviation disasters (Edwards, 1994). They include probability analysis of accident chains, conventional investigation, and new opportunities for accident prevention. Aviation safety is a crucial element in maintaining the demand for air transport by securing the well-being of passengers.
Edwards P. H. (1994). Focus on accident prevention key to future airline safety. Aviation Week & Space Technology; 8/29/1994, Vol. 141 Issue 9, p52.