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Human factors, the last frontier of aviation safety?  (2004)
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It has been claimed that human factors emerged as a significant challenge to flight safety only after the frequency of technical failures diminished in the early years of aviation. An examination of 100 aircraft accidents that occurred between 1921 and 1932 revealed that pilot factors contributed to most accidents, whereas technical failures contributed to significantly fewer accidents. Accident data from World War I also show this pattern. The results suggest that human factors have been the primary flight safety issue since the early days of aviation.
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aviation safety, human factors, last frontier
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International Journal of Aviation Psychology, 14, 335-341, https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327108ijap1404_1
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