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How Can It Be that a Failsafe System Doesn’t Fail Safely?

With the increased pay Cory Lidle received, after he was traded to the New York Yankees, he was able to purchase a private plane. The SR-20 had a parachute system which could help to save the plane, not just the pilot and passengers. Despite the safety feature, the plane had a fatal crash due to pilot error.

Is it possible that Lidle and his instructor put too much faith in the plane’s safety system at the expense of their own personal knowledge and experience? Explain your “yes” or “no” answer.

Would you agree, or disagree, that no failsafe system is ever completely safe if human knowledge and action, required to safely run the system, is inadequate? Explain your answer.


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