Re: [SystemSafety] Spanish train crash

From: Peter Bernard Ladkin < >
Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:54:35 +0200

On 7/29/13 1:40 PM, Chris Dale wrote:
> The (seemingly) media-led frenzy to find someone to blame is an obstacle to
> the prevention of future accidents.

Yes, but that word "seemingly" is important. I would say rather than it is enjoined by the legal system. In Germany, France and Spain, as well as some other countries, the legal system is required to ascertain if any crime has been committed and has priority in impounding evidence. The British investigators involved in the Concorde Paris crash complained publicly about how their work was hindered.

This has been perceived to hinder the technical investigation of aviation accidents so much that in 2006 (or was it 2007?) the Flight Safety Foundation, the U.K. Royal Aeronautical Society, the French Academie Nationale de l'Air and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation issued a joint statement deploring the "criminalisation" of air accident investigations and listing the disadvantages (see Slide 31 of , which also includes examples from Taiwan, Brazil and Switzerland).

PBL Prof. Peter Bernard Ladkin, Faculty of Technology, University of Bielefeld, 33594 Bielefeld, Germany Tel+msg +49 (0)521 880 7319

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