DANGER ON THE RISE : CFIT ACCIDENTS INCREASED LAST YEAR, REVERSING AN IMPROVING TREND

Controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) accidents are on the rise in the airline industry accounting for 18 of 40 commercial aviation hull losses since 1998. A lack of situational awareness has been a factor in all 219 CFIT accidents that have occurred between 1980 and 1996. The Flight Safety Foundation has established educational programs to reduce CFIT including the development of the Approach and Landing Accident Reduction Tool Kits and accompanying workshops. A North American group known as the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) has also focused on the reduction of CFIT accidents. The article notes that the largest single step that could be taken to reduce CFIT risk would be to installed Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning Systems (GPWS)/Terrain Avoidance Warning Systems (TAWS) in every commercial aircraft. However, some analysts contend that the potential of EGPWS/TAWS may create complacency. Increased safety can also be achieved through the use of Instrument Landing Systems (ILS), but while ILS installations do exist, maintenance and calibration are substandard in many countries.

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    • Page range: pp 63-64, 66
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    Penton Media

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    Cleveland, OH  United States  44114-1503
  • Authors:
    • Thomas, G
  • Publication Date: 2003-5

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  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 3 p.
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  • Accession Number: 00961080
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 4 2003 12:00AM