Re: [SystemSafety] Children as a causal factor in major accidents

From: John Downer < >
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 13:51:55 +0100

Areoflot 593.

From the wiki: "No evidence of technical malfunction was found.[3] Cockpit voice and flight data recorders revealed the presence of the pilot's 12-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son on the flight deck.[4][5][6]The children apparently had unknowingly disabled the A310 autopilot's control of the aircraft's ailerons while seated at the controls. The aircraft had then rolled into a steep bank and near-vertical dive from which the pilots were unable to regain control.[7] Unlike Soviet planes, with which the crew had been familiar, no audible alarm accompanied the autopilot's partial disconnection, and consequently the crew remained unaware of what was happening."


Dr. John Downer
Lecturer in Risk and Regulation
University of Bristol

> On Oct 1, 2014, at 9:43 AM, DREW Rae <d.rae_at_xxxxxx >
> Hi folks,
> I've had an interesting request for a DisasterCast episode focussing on children and major accidents.
> 1) Can anyone suggest a major accident where the presence or behavior of children have been a causal factor? I'm looking specifically for where they increased or determined the likelihood of the accident, not just accidents with large numbers of children.
> 2) Can anyone suggest (in public-domain terms) ways children have had to be treated as a special case in safety analysis?
> Off the top of my head I can think of children as a special group in population dose-response modelling for chemical releases, and the debate about child restraints in aircraft.
> [Didn't want to send a separate email to the whole list, but a public thank you to John and Nancy for help with my last request re Columbia].
> Drew
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