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Pete Renteria 10588726 AVSC 3600 Professor Shamsy April 12, 2014 United Flight 173 Term paper 9 Accidents like united flight 173 are a poster child for Crew Resource management and are the exact reason CRM came about to help prevent the hazardous attitudes in the cockpit , the miscommunication and encourage team work. In this scenario the crew of the DC8 took a perfectly functional aircraft and allowed it to run out of fuel in flight, the first thought that comes to mind is, how on earth could they possibly let that happen? The truth is these types of errors do happen a lot in aviation when pilot perhaps try and stretch their fuel reserves, un-forecasted weather occur or some other sort of emergency like this causes
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Unformatted text preview: the crew to lose their situational awareness. This was a completely preventable accident that was caused by a distraction from another perceived emergency. I think in this situation the whole crew is at fault and this accident would not have happen if the pilot had not gotten completely fixated on the gear problem and giving the flight attendants all the time they needed to prepare the passengers for evacuation instead of determining how much time they had then giving a time limit. If the first officer and the flight engineer had made more of a point to demand the captain listen to them and plan a landing earlier when the fuel was beginning to get to low before it was too late....
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