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Why Do Planes Still Crash?

by Sophia Khan

In a world where technological advances have brought seemingly everything to perfection, CNN’s Bill Voss wonders, why do planes still crash?

The elephant in the room has always been that training standards have not kept up with the technological changes in aircraft.

In the early days of aviation, training included how to recover from some of the most commonly-faced emergencies, such as a lost engine during take off. These scenarios are no longer common, yet the training has not changed significantly to recognize this new reality. Automation used to be the pilot’s assistant. Now the pilot is expected to back-up the automation. That is a fundamentally new task that the industry hasn’t trained for. [more]