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BUSINESS AVIATION & THE BOARDROOM - Cause, Not Blame...

Aviation’s outstanding safety record is due in part to the careful analysis of accidents - emphasizes Jack Olcott - with the intent of those analyses being the determination of probable cause and not the assessment of blame.

AvBuyer   |   25th January 2011
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Cause, Not Blame...
Aviation’s outstanding safety record is due in part to the careful analysis of accidents - emphasizes Jack Olcott - with the intent of those analyses being the determination of probable cause and not the assessment of blame.

Unlike other professions where assignment of liability inhibits determination of cause, aviation policy focuses on establishing non-punitive ways to find remedies so that aviators learn from the mistakes of others. Directors are well advised to establish aviation policy that facilitates the free-flow of information among personnel within the flight department. When problems or disruptions in best practices occur, they must be communicated without fear of retribution.

Candid sharing of information results in greater safety.

As indicated in the accompanying chart, the human element remains the greatest source of probable cause in accidents and incidents involving professional aviation.

Directors must include comprehensive training in the company’s policies for its flight department, with the focus on achieving and maintaining the highest levels of knowledge and skill for department personnel.

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