University of Southern California engineering professor and aviation safety expert Najmedin Meshkati’s summation of cockpit automation has a sobering ring as the aviation industry comes to grips with the interim accident reports of Air France flight 447, the Airbus A330-200 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, killing all 228 people onboard. The latest interim report, issued by the French BEA in late June, prompted particular focus on cockpit automation and ...

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