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Article
November 1937

HUMAN FACTOR IN AIRPLANE CRASHES

Author Affiliations

BALTIMORE
From the Research Laboratory of Physiological Optics.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1937;18(5):789-795. doi:10.1001/archopht.1937.00850110105008
Abstract

There seems to be a growing conviction that the pilot is an important factor in the increasing number of airplane crashes.1 There is perhaps a good reason for this conviction. It may be that with the rapid improvement in the facilities for aviation the attitude of the pilot has changed with respect to the importance of his own qualifications, fitness and training and to the highly specialized nature of the services he was formerly called on to contribute and still has to contribute in emergencies. It may be also that not enough attention is paid to fitness in the selection of pilots and to making sure that they are in fit condition for service at all times when they are called on to render service. It seems strange that the plane should be carefully tested on every point of its construction and operation before each flight and

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