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Study finds criminal prosecution following accidents damages flight safety
19 March 2009

A new doctoral study of the criminal prosecution of pilots or air traffic controllers following aircraft accidents and incidents has concluded that they have a definite detrimental effect on flight safety, but fail to have the intended effect of deterring individuals from making mistakes.

The study, carried out by two Cypriots, found controllers are particularly aware that successful prosecution could follow an unintentional error, and the resulting stress may even make mistakes more likely. (Flight International)