Re: Peruvian 757 crash -- possible cause reported

Date:         17 Nov 96 20:04:03 
From:         bush@lf.hp.com (Joe Bush)
Organization: Hewlett-Packard Little Falls Site
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Scott Odle (s_odle@earthlink.net) wrote:

: There is another consideration.  If we required software/hardware installed on
: an aircraft in order to prevent every stupid mistake that can be made (and yes
: to me missing the taped ports is stupid) the aircraft would not only to
: expensive for any airline to buy, but to heavy to ever get off the ground. The
: basic question is where do we stop when it comes to adding requirements to
: prevent accidents due to someones dumb mistake.  Should we require that the
: structure have an even greater factor of safety, make them carry even more
: fuel, etc. just because someone might decide to exceed the limitations of the
: aircraft or not do a proper pre-flight.

You make a good point but I believe he was pointing out that all of the
information is already available to the flight computers and all that is
needed is some software.  I think each accident should yield changes that
keep dumb mistakes by fallible humans from killing unsuspecting passengers.

Joe