Essay on Crew Resource Management (Aviation)

1992 Words Oct 26th, 2011 8 Pages
In this day 'Crew Resource Management' (CRM) is strongly evident within the aviation industry. Having developed a positive reputation over the years of its application, it is highly recognised as an icon for safety practices among many major operators. Airline operators and wider aviation industries adopt CRM, on a global scale, to attain the desired goal of influencing flight crew members to operate more safely and effectively as one co-operative unit (rather than as individuals). The positive application of crew resource management envisages minimised risks and consequently, safer skies for all.
One common definition of CRM can be
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The cause, after thorough official investigation, was due to a burned-out light bulb (i.e. there was no fault with the nose gear position, only an apparent fault). The landing gear could have been manually lowered either way with standard pilot procedures. The captain had the landing gear recycled however, the confirmation light still did not illuminate and this became the driving force of the overpowering distraction within the cockpit.

To summarise this synopsis, the crew lost perspective of situation awareness (caused by an apparent fault of the landing gear) to the extent that autopilot de-activation and flight status was not sufficiently recognised nor was it corrected after deviation.
The crew, though rightfully working together to fix the malfunction, failed to positively manage the flight as a team and utilise all resources available to meet the higher demands of the flight. The aircraft gradually lost altitude with the pre-occupied flight crew, which did not prioritise the golden rules of the air: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. In its time the causes of Flight 401 made this accident to be one of the most pivotal wide-bodied, controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) crashes --creating the need for real solutions that will prevent such an occurrence.

CRM-related issues:
According to the National Transport Safety Board, investigations found that the aircraft was free from all

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