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Pete Renteria 10588726 AVSC 3600 Professor Shamsy April 6, 2014 United Flight 173 Term paper 8 Accident investigation has proven over the years that there is always a chain of events that lead to the un-desired result or accident and United flight 173 is no different. Researching this accident has given me a lot of insight into the thoughts of the crew and the errors they made. Many errors were made in the hour that preceded this accident from the lack of leadership, communication and situational awareness but most of all I think decision making was a major Crew resource management deficiency and the accident could have been avoided simply if the crew had made better decisions. From the moment this crew experienced a gear problem decision making was a crucial
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Unformatted text preview: element to ensure this flight could be completed safely, unfortunately due to the captains fixation with the gear problem he was unable to see the big picture. Even as the flight engineer is informing the captain of the fuel reserve and clearly tells him that he does not have enough and it is going to be cutting it close he is still fixated on the gear problem and preparation of the cabin for the presumed emergency landing. Finally the First officers also had the responsibility to ensure that the airplane landed safely but he to made a bad decision by not making more of a point of how serious the situation was or taking over the airplane....
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