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Articles Lax cockpit monitoring a longtime problem, NTSB member tells pilots
Lax cockpit monitoring a longtime problem, NTSB member tells pilots
By Joseph Straw, New York Daily News
National Transportation Safety Board member Robert L. Sumwalt said Wednesday at a pilots' conference that an NTSB report finds lapsed monitoring factored in 94 percent of aviation mishaps. He spoke in the wake of the July 6 Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco.
An investigator probing the July 6 Asiana Airlines crash said Wednesday that lax monitoring of cockpit instruments and crewmates was the industry's "problem that never went away."
Speaking at an airline pilots' union safety conference, National Transportation Safety Board member Robert L. Sumwalt did not address the panel's review of the deadly July 6 crash. But he noted a 1994 NTSB report that found lapsed monitoring factored in 94 percent of aviation mishaps studied.
NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman reported July 9 that one of Asiana 214's pilots told investigators he assumed the plane's automatic throttle was maintaining adequate airspeed, but did not confirm that on instruments.
Cockpit protocol requires that the crew member not flying the plane monitor instruments as though he or she was, and voice all concerns about conditions and controls to the pilot.
Air Line Pilots Association member Training Group Chairman Frank Cheeseman told the conference: ôRecent events certainly demonstrate this need in our cockpits ...We need to be better monitors."
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