Good story but I don’t agree with this statement

it is virtually unheard of for an airplane’s flight computer to be the cause of an aviation tragedy. … the primary cause of all aviation accidents is none other than pilot error.

This concept is outdated. So-called pilot error or human error is part of a systemic breakdown, since operators are at the end of the chain where multiple errors occurred. Systems cause crashes, not human operators (see James T Reason on Human Error or Helmreich). In fact, many times human operators have saved airplanes after computer errors, probably the most famous Flight Qantas 72. I have described dozens of cases of computer errors on planes in this investigation: Computer Crashes. (can send u copy)

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Reporter. Writer. South America. Biking. Rowing. Twitter @argentomas. Recently published “Computer Crashes” on Air disasters.

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