Fi­nal word from Shaun Schan­dling, head un­der­writer at AIG

RISKSA Magazine - - SHORT TERM -

“Hav­ing seen many losses over the years, it has be­come clear that proper plan­ning and train­ing, in­clud­ing con­tin­u­a­tion train­ing, are the lead­ing mit­i­gat­ing fac­tors to air­craft ac­ci­dents. Though weather and me­chan­i­cal fail­ure con­trib­ute for ac­ci­dents, the hu­man fac­tor is of­ten the great­est con­trib­u­tor.

There­fore, the pilot has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to them­selves and their pas­sen­gers to make sure that they have cur­rent knowl­edge of the air­craft, have done the ad­e­quate plan­ning, and know the air­craft. In ad­di­tion, ad­e­quate train­ing on emer­gency pro­ce­dures should be done as of­ten as pos­si­ble. If the pilot can check these boxes, then in the un­likely event that some­thing goes wrong, the pilot has planned and is pro­fi­cient in his pro­ce­dures to han­dle most sit­u­a­tions.”

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