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Former RAF and airline pilot Beaty (Eagles) investigates planes, pilots, and airline disasters that are commonly categorized under pilot error, a catchall that Beaty finds misleading. Instead, he sees most air accidents as the result of the "collective mistake," where the culprit is rarely one person. Pilots certainly can err, especially when their egos take precedence over standard procedures. But copilots, airline management, air traffic controllers, maintenance crews, aviation designers, and stewardesses can make blunders that lead to horrendous accidents or exacerbate minor ones. Beaty's expert analysis of the events leading up to past catastrophes reveals how seemingly insignificant occurrences can develop into the most terrible outcomes--as evidenced by the 1977 runway collision at Tenerife in the Canary Islands that took 583 lives. Though probably not the book to take on a long flight, this is necessary reading for an informed air-traveling public. Brian McCombie

In one of the worst aviation disasters ever, a L-1011 with a fire on board was able to land safely back at the airport; however, no exit was opened for twenty-three minutes and 301 people inside died. Why?
Investigations into the causes of airplane accidents have for decades focused on what happened and who did it--very rarely on why. It's the question "why" that Beaty addresses here.
Focusing on large commercial-aircraft accidents, he looks at human error precipitated by individuals as well as management and government. No other book on the subject speaks with such clarity to both the expert and the layman. Please click here to ask a question
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