The contents of this book are a collection of accidents which happened in the past. These are accidents considered by the editors to be due to pilot error and are described as needless mishaps brought about or contributed to by the misjudgements or gambles of pilots. The editors do not consider their collection as a cross section of accidents. Their collection is biased toward IFR (Instrument Flight Rule) accidents. The format of articles selected are all transcripts of recorded radio communications or cockpit conversations. Pilot error as explained by the editors, ranges from serious misjudgements of weather conditions by inexperienced pilots to incorrect assumptions about their position by highly experienced airline captains. These various accident reports reveal two factors contribute to many accidents but receive comparatively little attention in accident reports. One is the relationship between the pilot and the controller; the other is fear. Many of the accounts in this book call attention to the situation that exists when the pilot is unable to assure the safety of the flight and must hand over some of his control or all of it to the controller. There are, in all, twenty-five accident reports which originally appeared in 'Flight Magazine', and at the end of the reports are commentaries which are largely hypothetical reconstructions of real events.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Edited by Flying Magazine.
  • Corporate Authors:


  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Pagination: 160 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183924
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Civil Aviation Authority Central Library
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM