WHO IS IN CHARGE: ATC OR THE PILOT?

For a long period of time the responsibility for airplane accidents centered upon the pilot of the plane or the pilot's employer. The pilot was assumed to be "the captain of the ship" and thus responsible for the movement of the plane in the air. With the development of Air Traffic Control (ATC) being regulated by the Federal Government, a trend toward holding the Government responsible for airplane accidents also developed. If a pilot is approaching an airport for a landing and follows ATC instructions and an accident occurs, the question is who is responsible, the pilot or the ATC. The purpose of this article will be to explore the historical developemnt of this trend toward ATC liability, and to examine the factors composing ATC liability. /Author/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Wallace Research Cen, Embry-Riddle Aeronautl Univ

    Regional Airport
    Daytona Beach, FL  United States  32014
  • Authors:
    • Horwitz, M
  • Publication Date: 1978-8

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  • Accession Number: 00196337
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM