This section provides additional course resources including accident reports, related news articles on human factors, and supplemental readings.
- 1994 Nagoya Airport, China Airlines A300 (PDF - 44.12MB)
- 1995 Cali Colombia, American Airlines B757
- 1996 Ariane 5 Flight 501 accident report
- 1999 Mars Climate Orbiter (PDF)
- 1999 Mars Polar Lander report part 1
- 2004 Woodley Park DC, DC Metro (PDF - 2.91MB)
- 2006 Lexington Kentucky, Comair (PDF - 3.39MB)
- 2007 Minneapolis, Highway Bridge (PDF - 4.2MB)
- 2009 Hudson river, midair collision (Helicopter and small plane) (PDF - 1.3MB)
- 2009 Schiphol Airport, Turkish Airlines B737 (PDF - 2.4MB)
Human Factors News Articles
- Hydraulic failure causes JetBlue scare
- Airbuses suffer cockpit power failure, await fixes
- NY near miss shows need for improved controllers and equipment
- Patient died at New York VA Hospital after alarm was ignored
- EHR Event of the Month: "Betrayed by Your Allies"
The oil disaster is about human, not system, failure
Article for hindsight bias exercise.
NTSB says fan-shaft fracture caused 787 engine failure
This is an example of a real (and recent) news story describing some fault tolerant / fail safe design features for aircraft designs (will be covered in weeks 3–4).
- Robert Follensbee notes
- Roberts, N. H., and William E. Vesely. Fault Tree Handbook (PDF - 8.4MB). Government Printing Office, 1981.
Recommended excerpts, Chapter IV "The Basic Elements of a Fault Tree", and Chapter V "Fault Tree Construction Fundamentals: Failure Mechanism, Failure Mode and Failure Effect."
- Savage, Sam. "Flaw of Averages."
- Apostolakis, George E. "How Useful is Quantitative Risk Assessment?" Risk Analysis 24, no. 3 (2004): 515–20.
Perspective of a well-known advocate of quantitative methods (and former MIT professor).
- The Matterhorn Bobsled Ride: General Description (PDF)