FAA Doesn’t Want Historical Accidents To Be Repeated

 - October 16, 2008, 11:56 AM

Those who don’t learn from the mistakes of the past are destined to repeat them. That’s why the FAA today announced the establishment of a new online safety library that teaches lessons learned from “some of the world’s most historically significant transport airplane accidents.” Many of the lessons learned from these tragedies are timeless, the FAA said, and are applicable to all pilots regardless of what airplane(s) they fly. The FAA hopes that “by learning from the past, aviation professionals can use that knowledge to recognize key factors, and potentially prevent another accident from occurring under similar circumstances, or for similar reasons, in the future.” In its initial release, the library lists 11 major airplane accidents, but the agency plans to add 40 more by the end of next year. Each accident entry features the investigation findings, resulting safety recommendations and subsequent regulatory and policy changes, if any, as well as unsafe conditions that existed and precursors that pointed to an impending accident. Most important, the FAA said, are that lessons learned from the investigation are grouped into relevant technical areas or themes, such as organizational lapses, human error, flawed assumptions, preexisting failures and unintended consequences of design choices.