Aviation accidents are rarely down to a single cause. There’s too much redundancy built into the system. The industry uses the Swiss Cheese Model to mitigate risk. The idea is that each layer of policy/procedure/training is like a slice of cheese. There are holes in each layer, but the holes in each slice don’t line up perfectly….It takes a series of errors/circumstances to get them to align. When they do, disaster is never far behind.

A series of poor decisions by pilot Ara Zaboyan in January 2020 each added a link to the chain. Self-imposed pressure to deliver for a high value client led him to ignore his own training, violate flight rules, and…

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Kevin Alexander

Kevin Alexander

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