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‘Little wake turbulence, huh?’ Applying a contemporary model of learning and memory to the American Airlines Flight AA587 accident

journal contribution
posted on 14.03.2018, 00:00 by L Sherwin, Anjum Naweed
Loss of control has become a leading cause of aviation accidents and human error is often recorded as the cause in favour of other factors. This has the effect of downgrading the significance of corrective actions to address deeper systemic issues, and serves the bad-apple theory of human error. This paper uses a model of learning and memory to expand on the analysis of negative training from the AA587 accident, which documented the actions of the First Officer as the probable cause and training as contributory. Evidence from the investigation and our contemporary understanding of learning and memory is used to explain how the experiences of the First Officer fit the scenario in which the accident occurred, such that it is plausible to extend probable cause beyond his actions. The paper develops a model of causal inference that enables analysts to continue probing causality as part of a systems approach.

Funding

Other

History

Volume

18

Issue

6

Start Page

477

End Page

500

Number of Pages

24

eISSN

1464-536X

ISSN

1463-922X

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Australian Transport Safety Bureau

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science

Exports

CQUniversity

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