The majority of aviation accidents are still attributed to human error, with flight crew actions accounting for the majority of these mishaps. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified 12 behavioral traps that can ensnare even experienced pilots. This study examined the FAA-defined behavioral traps and the regularity with which they occurred in flight crew related accidents. The top three traps were Neglect of Flight Planning, Preflight Inspection, and Checklists; Loss of Positional or Situational Awareness; and Getting Behind the Aircraft, which were found in 72%, 61%, and 48% of aviation accidents, respectively. The results showed the contributing factors of training inadequacies/lack of Crew Resource Management, night, and low ceiling and/or visibility compounded the effects of the unsafe attitudes. These conditions were found in 48%, 46%, and 42% of accidents, respectively.
& Sestak, T.
(2015). Behavioral Traps in Crew-Related Aviation Accidents. 18th International Symposium on Aviation Psychology, 372-377.