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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Air Transport & Government News Europe) Mon, Jan 5, 2015

Loss of control in-flight is responsible for more passenger deaths than any other reason While we cannot be absolutely certain why AirAsia flight QZ8501 crashed, the recent history of aviation disasters, which I have studied as a safety analyst for the last three decades, gives us a very good idea. Over the past 20 years, 1,800 airline passengers and crew have been killed because pilots simply lost control of their aircraft. Loss of control in-flight, not caused by any structural or technical problem, has become established as the aviation accident category responsible for more passenger deaths than any other. The FAA working group established that today's pilots have a number of "vulnerabilities". The prime one is that if the automatics fail, the pilots are no longer practised in...

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