Tension in the air: Behind the scenes of aviation risk management

David Passenier*

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On July 25, 2015, Air Trac Control (ATC) radio communication went viral on YouTube (ATC audio, n.d.) featuring a Dutch airline jet that encountered a wind shear-an abrupt change of wind direction. One of the pilots was heard exclaiming “Scary!" and “Speed, speed, speed!" The air trac controller warned the pilots that they were accidentally broadcasting their private talking over the radio frequency, but for some reason the captain was heard on the radio again, coaching the copilot: “You’ve own really well, I just wanted to say that.” The aircraft made a go-around and then landed low on fuel, having already diverted from another airport due to bad weather. While this information might typically only have ended up in an anonymous reporting database, the cockpit scare now spread via YouTube to national news media and even debates in parliament (AD, 2015, 30 July). Despite the upheaval, the Dutch Safety Board subsequently responded that there would be no investigation, because the event was too regular to learn anything new (AD, 2015, 2 September).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Risk, Crisis and Emergency Management
EditorsJr. Gephart, C. Chet Miller, Karin Svedberg Helgesson
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781315458175
ISBN (Print)9781138208865, 9781032475981
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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