Pressure Cooker

"Pilot error" once was a term used by investigators when they couldn't find any suitable explanation for an aircraft accident. But in today's world of CVRs and FDRs, we're learning that the human factors that contribute to aircraft accidents are far more complicated than anyone imagined. Today's pilots operate in a pressure-cooker atmosphere that provides precious little margin for error. This article explores some of the reasons we make the mistakes that result in accidents.

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