ARE PILOTS AT RISK OF ACCIDENTS DUE TO FATIGUE?

In the aviation community, there is concern that pilot schedules can lead to fatigue and increased chance of an aviation accident. However, in spite of this concern, there is little empirical analysis showing the relationship between pilot schedules and commercial aviation accidents. This paper aims to demonstrate an empirical relationship between pilot schedules and aviation accidents. Data for human factors-related accident and pilot work patterns were identified. The distribution of pilot work schedule parameters for the accidents was compared to that for all pilots using a chi-square test to determine if proportions of accidents and length of duty exposure were the same. The proportion of accidents associated with pilots having longer duty periods is higher than the proportion of longer duty periods for all pilots. There is a discernible pattern of increased probability of an accident as duty time increases for commercial aircraft pilots in the U.S. The analysis suggests that establishing limits on duty time for commercial pilots would reduce risk.

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • Goode, J H
  • Publication Date: 2003

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00964500
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 7 2003 12:00AM