What is the Independent Flight Safety domain?

Accidents do not just happen and technical solutions are not always the single answer to engineering problems. While design features are most of the time responsible for triggering the failure event, they are almost never the single root cause of accidents. Factors such as a poor safety culture, deficient safety organisation, flawed safety requirements, budget and time pressures all need to be taken into account when analysing accidents.

The hidden costs of accidents and failures are far more than just a financial loss; but also endangerment of human lives, injury or occupational illness, damage to public or private property, pollution of the environment, atmosphere or outer space and so on.

Last update: 18 November 2009

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