Eurocontrol studies highlight cockpit safety risk

Pilots flying through European airspace are failing to manage midair-collision alarms, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The report cites studies by Eurocontrol, the European air navigation safety agency, which found that roughly one in four pilots “failed to take the correct evasive action” after receiving cockpit computer warnings. That rate rose to more than one in three pilots who failed to respond correctly to successive alerts, according to the report.

Eurocontrol ‘s Tzvetomir Blajev who conducted the study which sampled 800 flights told the Journal that “the number of improper responses is concerning.”

According to the Journal, findings on pilot error rates in other regions, like the United States, have not been released, making it impossible to compare these findings to other regions.

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