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Hello classmate 1,
I concur with you that the fatal outcome of the Air Florida flight 90 could have been avoided. This is perhaps a good example of air tragedies that result from human errors rather than mechanical plane problems. While machines will once in a time fail, the damage caused by human misjudgments far outweigh those of machine and instrument failures (Griffin n.p.). It is to this extent that preventive measures have been instituted under the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). I appreciate your intent and in-depth look the circumstances leading to the crash of the plane. Judging by your findings, it is true to conclude that the tragedy could have been averted at multiples points in time. Fate actually gave the plane crew members several chances of salvaging the situation but they failed to do so. This case sheds light on the need to have supervisory leads to ensure that crew personnel are bound by and closely observe SOP regulations.
Hello classmate 2,
I appreciate your research, analysis, and findings on United Airline Flight 232. The facts you unraveled all support your claim that the pilots acted in the best interest of preserving life. Although they were innocent as to the cause of the engine and hydraulic failures, they managed to salvage the situation and save life. I strongly agree with you that SOPs equal safety (Giles 3). The only reason SOPs exist is to ensure safe flights. However, the state of affairs in many airline companies is worrying. This is because the profit motive, as you say, far outweighs safety. My opinion would be to legislate these safety procedures into internal law and every company caught contravening this should have its license revoked. If airlines will not prioritize safety then another higher jurisdiction should coerce them to since the ensuing loss befalls all of us. I agree with your resolve to appeal to their humanity and conscience but such matters are better addressed through lawful legislations with substantive penalties.
Giles, Carrie N. “Modern airline pilots’ quandary: Standard operating procedures—to comply or not to comply.” Journal of Aviation Technology and Engineering 2.2 (2013): 1.
Griffin, Greg. “Human Error Is Biggest Obstacle to 100 Percent Flight Safety.” The Denver Post, The Denver Post, 6 May 2016, www.denverpost.com/2010/02/13/human-error-is-biggest-obstacle-to-100-percent-flight-safety/.