Proceedings of the

The 33rd European Safety and Reliability Conference (ESREL 2023)
3 – 8 September 2023, Southampton, UK

Statistical Analysis of Aviation Incidents Caused by Crew Communication Problems

Mariusz Zieja1,a, Paweł Gołda2,c, Tadeusz Zaworski1,b, Mariusz Michalski2,d, Grzegorz Weltrowski3, Przemysaw Kwieciński4,e and Julia Radecka4,f

1Air Force Institut of Technology, Poland.

2Faculty of Aviation, Polish Air Force University, Poland.

3Polish Air Force University, Poland.

4LOT, Poland.


The purpose of this article is to present a statistical analysis of aviation incidents caused by crew communication problems. The focus was to give an idea of the role that communication plays in aviation and its impact on safety. A database of forty-five aviation incidents was created and reports were analyzed. As a result, it was possible to isolate the factors that contributed to aviation disasters and classify them according to their percentage contribution. The results of the study made it possible to isolate each type of communication that is realistically a problem in aviation. Interaction in pilot-crew and pilot-controller contact was taken into account. The paper contains a number of conclusions regarding the extracted variables and factors that affected the aviation accidents studied.

Keywords: Communication, Human communication errors, Aviation accidents, Statistical analysis, Causes of aviation accidents, Human factor.

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