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NASA’s New Book “Breaking the Mishap Chain” tells why Aerospace Accidents Happen

 

Written by Jim Banke
NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – Understanding what causes an accident often is like looking at an iceberg. We see the accident as the tip of the iceberg, but all the missteps, poor decisions and coincidences that led up to it often are missed, hidden just beneath the surface.

In NASA’s newest book, “Breaking the Mishap Chain,” that oversight is corrected as some of the most well-known accidents in aviation and space history are remembered with details that reveal the non-technical, human-related events that led to each incident.

Accident investigators learned that the enormous and confusing array of dials and gauges in older aircraft cockpits were sometimes a link in the mishap chain. (Image credit: NASA)

Accident investigators learned that the enormous and confusing array of dials and gauges in older aircraft cockpits were sometimes a link in the mishap chain. (Image credit: NASA)

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