June 22, 2015 | Mark Paradies

Monday Accident & Lessons Learned: Complacency?

Is thinking that you are the best a sign of potential problems? (Especially for “routine” work?)

By any measure, the X-31 was a highly successful flight research program at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, now the Armstrong Flight Research Center. It regularly flew several flights a day, accumulating over 550 flights during the course of the program, with a superlative safety record. And yet, on Jan. 19, 1995, on the very last scheduled flight of the X-31 ship No. 1, disaster struck.

View the video below or read about it here:  http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/stories/2004/013004/new_x31.html

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