posted on Aug, 18 2016 @ 02:07 PM
a reply to: SentientCentenarian
Crew coordination works, because one pilot is willing to call out another pilot when they make a mistake, and draw their attention to it. This was
highlighted by the accident on Tenerife, when a KLM 747 took off without being cleared and crashed into a Pan Am 747 that was using the runway to
taxi. The captain flying the KLM aircraft was their most experienced training captain, flying with a relatively new First Officer. The FO very
timidly asked if they had been cleared the first time they began to roll, and the Captain stopped the aircraft. He started rolling again, and the FO
didn't say anything to him, even though he hadn't heard the takeoff clearance.
In some Asian cultures, pointing out mistakes causes embarrassment to the person making the mistake, and is to be avoided. Especially when you are
paired with someone that has a lot of experience, and you don't. Most aircrews are trained to overcome that, but it's not easy to overcome when it's
been ingrained into you from a young age. A good example is Asiana 214.
When investigators started listening to the CVR, they didn't hear the crew saying anything about the fact that the aircraft was slowing, or sinking
faster than they planned. The Korean culture, when speaking to an elder, more senior person, generally you are more oblique about what you're getting
at. An example used in one article is instead of asking if they want water, you would say something to the effect of "It's a warm day for a nice
refreshment, no?" In a cockpit, this is a bad thing. You want to point out quickly what's happening and what possible correction there is, and you
want the crew to discuss back and forth, instead of the senior pilot telling the junior what they're going to do, or that they're wrong, and the
junior just shutting up about it.