Some could say that TWA 800 was human error - it shouldn't have sat there baking waiting for a bag which went missing. But there is nothing we can do about that now other than try to prevent any more atrocities like that from occuring again.
Back to this accident
The pilots made a mistake at a critical point, we are all human. It is easy to do the wrong thing (as in feather the wrong engine) when at a critical phase such as T/O or Landing.
- Shut down wrong engine,
Tenerife PA/KLM- Missed the turn off and other aircraft departed without clearance
Dan Air at Tenerife - ATC Flew it into a mountain and nearly flew a BY
into the same mountain
Collision over Yuogoslavia - ATC Error
AA1420 - Landed too fast below min RVR in severe T-Storm
KT28M at MAN
- Turned into the wind so the fire burnt the fuselage
The point here is that most accidents are avoidable but we are humans and are not able to take in absolutley everything that is happening around us, we might be in a situation where we like the Dan Air 727 are relying completly upon ATCs instructions when we may be alert but depend upon someone else to make the right descision.
All I'm saying is that no matter how avoidable accidents are they will still continue to happen.
- I guess I lost my point and started waffling again (as usual) but hopefully you'll catch my drift.
Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil