Human error is a primary or contributing factor in about two-thirds of commercial aviation accidents worldwide. With the ultimate goal of reducing pilot error accidents, this contract effort is aimed at understanding the factors underlying error events and reducing the probability of certain types of errors by modifying underlying factors such as flight deck design and procedures. A review of the literature relevant to error classification was conducted. Classification includes categorizing types of errors, the information processing mechanisms and factors underlying them, and identifying factor-mechanism-error relationships. The classification scheme developed by Jens Rasmussen was adopted because it provided a comprehensive yet basic error classification shell or structure that could easily accommodate addition of details on domain-specific factors. For these purposes, factors specific to the aviation environment were incorporated. Hypotheses concerning the relationship of a small number of underlying factors, information processing mechanisms, and error types identified in the classification scheme were formulated. ASRS data were reviewed and a simulation experiment was performed to evaluate and quantify the hypotheses.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Commercial Airplane Company

    P.O. Box 3707
    Seattle, WA  United States  98124
  • Authors:
    • Rogers, W H
    • LOGAN, A L
    • BOLEY, G D
  • Publication Date: 1989-9

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  • Pagination: 173 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00493974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NAS 1.26:181867, DOT/FAA/DS-89/24, NASA-CR-181867
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1990 12:00AM