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Video highlights dangers of data input errors

Video on YouTube highlights data input error dangers

The ATSB today released a new YouTube video that demonstrates the serious consequences of simple, undetected human error in data calculation and entry.

The video features animation from the 2009 tail strike accident of an Airbus A340 at Melbourne Airport. In that accident, the crew inadvertently entered the take-off weight data into the aircraft’s electronic flight bag to calculate the aircraft’s take-off settings. The error passed through several subsequent checks without detection.

Through its SafetyWatch initiative, the ATSB has identified data input error as a top safety priority requiring heightened attention from the aviation industry. 

While no one is immune from data input errors, risk can be significantly reduced through effective management and systems.

While no one is immune from data input errors, risk can be significantly reduced through effective management and systems. Good communication and independent cross-checks between pilots, effective operating procedures, improved aircraft automation systems and software design, and clear and complete flight documentation will all help prevent or uncover data entry errors.

This video, along with a series of others, can be found on the ATSB YouTube channel

 

 
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Last update 23 August 2013