The Ethnic Theory Of Plane Crashes

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Malcolm Gladwell begins chapter seven, The Ethnic Theory of plane crashes.”in part two of his bestselling book Outliers with an abbreviated case history of the of Korean Air Flight 801 on August 5, 1997. In the second segment of the chapter, Gladwell provides information about the poor safety record of Korean Air, and he states the purpose of his chapter by saying that he wants to show how Korean Air “transformed itself from the worst kind of outlier into one of the world’s best airlines”. Gladwell then provides data about other plane crashes such as Columbian airliner Avianca flight 052. In segment four, Gladwell introduces Suren Ratwatte, a pilot who has done extensive research on “human factors” research relating to how people... View More »

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Hofstede’s dimensions also include a measue of “uncertainty avoidance” i.e., ‘how well does a culture tolerate ambiguity?” Gladwell concludes his discussion of these measures by saying “our ability to succeed at what we do is powerfully bound up with where we’re from, and being a good pilot and coming from a high-power distance culture is a difficult mix. Colombia by no means has the highest PDI, by the way. Helmreich and a colleague, Adhleigh Merritt, once measured the PDI of pilots from around the world. Number one was Brazil. Number two was South Korea.” In segment eleven of the chapter, Gladwell introduces Malcolm Brenner, Ph. D., who investigated the Korean Air crash in Guam. One of the factors that Dr. Brenner identified in the crash was that normally into this approach into Guam is not always as difficult Brenner began. The Guam airport has a glide scope, which is a giant beam light stretching up into the sky from the airport where the plane usually follows for it to shine down and land the plane, but that night it wasn’t working.” It was out of service, Brenner said.” “it has been sent to another island to be repaired. So there was a notice to airmen that the glide scope was not operating.” Gladwell concludes the segment by pointing out that each pilot needs a back plan when ever going out and flying a plane just in case something doesn’t go right or as panned. But, as this pilot he didn’t have a back plan to land the plane but this caption that was flying it didn’t have one. In the following segment, Gladwell analyzes statements made by the caption and crew ...

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