Where Safety Culture Meets National Culture: The How and Why of the China Airlines CI-611 Accident

On May 25, 2002, China Airlines Flight CI-611, a Boeing 747-200, crashed into the Taiwan Strait after experiencing an in-flight break-up at an altitude of 34,900 ft. This paper uses this accident as a case study to illustrate the various layers and dimensions of safety culture. An open system model of safety culture called the ripple model is used to demonstrate that there is a complex interrelationship between concerns, influences and subsequent actions that needs to be understood in examining safety culture. Indeed, it is suggested that the study of safety culture within an organization is meaningless without reference to a wider context that includes not only line personnel, middle management and senior management, but also regulators, government and society.


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  • Accession Number: 01044702
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 25 2007 11:17PM