Situational Awareness and Human Error
An interesting article by Sidney Dekker on the Safety Differently Blog:
Is It 1947 Yet?
Neither Lieutenant Nathan Poloski’s body, nor his F/A-18 Hornet were ever found in waters almost three miles deep. All that was located in the Western Pacific after his fighter jet collided with another from the same aircraft carrier were his helmet and some pieces of debris. The pilot of the other jet ejected safely and was rescued shortly after.
The Navy accident report, all of eight pages long, was acquired by the New York Times under a Freedom of Information Act request.1 What remains a mystery is what exactly caused the accident, the report suggests. It was a clear afternoon with good visibility. Both pilots were healthy, properly rested and under no unusual stress. There were no mechanical problems with either aircraft.
And so what is left, you wonder?