November 27, 2006 |

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned – Blame in Brazil

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How does blame impact an accident investigation?

Imagine that your were the two pilots that successfully landed a Embraer Legacy jet after a midair collision with a Boeing 737. That you were bring the plane back to the US. That you had done exactly what the air traffic controllers had told you to do – which matched your flight plan – and that this was verified by the cockpit tapes. Yet you had been held under house arrest in Brazil since September and the judge in the case said that you may have to cool your heals for another 10 months.

How would you feel about cooperating with what is current a criminal investigation?

I always joke that you should start your root cause analysis interviews with:

“You have the right to remain silent … Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.”

That’s a great way to put people at ease!

For an AP story about the investigation and see CNN’s web site:

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