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."

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroflot_Flight_593

John.



Dr. John Downer
Lecturer in Risk and Regulation
SPAIS
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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