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Pete Renteria 10588726 AVSC 3600 Professor Shamsy March 27, 2014 Flight 173 Term paper 5 On December 28, 1978 United Airlines Flight 173 crashed into a suburban Portland neighborhood. The DC8 carrying 189 people onboard went down short of the runway after having a landing gear problem. The pilot Captain Malburn Mcbroom decided to abort his approach to land and circle Portland while attempting to troubleshoot the problem. Looking at this accident from the point of view of communication or the lack of communication. One of the functions of communication is to get across information, and the breakdown in communication and loss of information transfer started at the very moment that the pilot reached to put the landing gear down and heard the noise then got no green gear down and locked light. At this moment the captain appeared to be in troubleshooting mode and the breakdown in communication started. The pilot appeared to become fixated on the gear problem and began reading through
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