Procedural Noncompliance- Why Pilots Don’t Always Play By The Book


Bob Baron, Ph.D




Procedural noncompliance has been cited as a factor in numerous aircraft accidents. When procedural deviations occur in the cockpit or in the maintenance hangar, they can have catastrophic consequences. This discussion will primarily focus on flight operations. Click here for my paper that is specific to aircraft maintenance operations.

The recent crash of an Execuflight Hawker HS125-700A (9 fatalities) is used an example (see the NTSB presentations at the end of this paper for additional information). The aircraft crashed during a nonprecision instrument approach to landing in Akron, Ohio. Among other things, there were many procedural deviations that occurred throughout the flight. These included (per the NTSB report)...


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