Incidents with factor of FO not challenging Pilot

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  1. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

    Jul 1, 2002
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    I was having a discussion with one of the global HR people in the company about "courage and candour". She was pointing out that in some cultures it is difficult for subordinates to demonstrate this and challenge their superiors. I vaguely recalled that this has been a factor in a number of aviation incidents with serious consequences, in that First Officers in some cultures tend not to challenge their Captains. IIRC this may have been a factor in the SQ accident in Taiwan a few years ago, is anyone aware of any other incidents where this was a contributing factor, and/or have any references to these?

    I promised to follow up with some examples (silly me, creating work for myself) so any assistance would be appreciated!

  2. SeaWolf

    SeaWolf Active Member

    Jan 24, 2007
    Easy, the Tenerife disaster, in which two 747s collided on the runway:
    Tenerife disaster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  3. QF WP


    Jun 20, 2002
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    Probably a third of the accidents I've seen shown on Air Crash Investigation (on Foxtel's National Geographic channel and now on free-to-air) involve this scenario.

    You could look up the NTSB database or FAA database for accidents
  4. Member

    Nov 28, 2006
    Just wanted to point out that there is a "LCC equivalent to Foxtel", Selectv ( where I also enjoy watching Air Crash Investigations on NatGeo.

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