Human Factors in Aviation
Individual Assignment (total 3000 words )
Part A – Case study and identification of Human Factors ( 1000 words)
(should be in a report style, describing the incident and identifying the Human Factors elements .)
Select any one accident from below which has Human Factors as a causal element. Describe briefly the accident/incident and identify the Human Factors involved. ( 1000 words)
Challenger/Columbia (NASA) disasters
Air France Concorde Flight 4590
Part B – Discussion and analysis of the Human factors issues defined ( 2000 words)
“We like to think that accidents happen because bad people knowingly and carelessly let them happen.” Vaughan. Discuss in terms of the accident/incident identified in Part A.
Include in your answer:
Take into consideration events leading up to the accident, latent threats or errors sitting in the system and organisational weaknesses.
Examine systemic failures and normalisation of deviance (drift) Explore Normal Accidents