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J Psychol. 1988 Jan;122(1):15-20.

Age and airline accidents.

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USAir, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Abstract

The issuance of a commercial pilot's license is contingent upon the fulfillment of stated minimum flight time. These requirements imply that total flight time and aircraft flight time can be equated with safety. For this reason, aircraft accidents involving licensed, professional pilots become difficult to explain. This study examined the relationship of pilot experience to accidents by comparing pilots' age and experience in 188 accidents involving corporate/executive pilots. The more severe accidents were expected to involve younger, less experienced pilots. The data in this study, however, refute this expectation. The age, aircraft time, or total time difference between groups was not significant. More research, both in the field and under controlled conditions, may bring in the psychological concept of cognitive dissonance.

PMID:
3373446
DOI:
10.1080/00223980.1988.10542938
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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