WASHINGTON (CN) - Commercial airlines must provide team management training to their pilots, flight attendants and other crewmembers, to prevent plane crashes and other incidents, under new Federal Aviation Administration rules.
According to the new rules, the so called "Crew Resource Management" training "focuses on communication and interactions among pilots, flight attendants, operations personnel, maintenance personnel, air traffic controllers, flight service stations, and others. CRM also focuses on single pilot communications, decision making and situational awareness."
The FAA reviewed 268 accidents between 1998 and 2008, and determined that 24 were directly related to ineffective team management and resulted in 83 fatalities and 12 serious injuries. The new rules are to reduce the frequency and severity of crew based errors, which, according to the agency, will lead to fewer accidents.
The new rules codify current agency guidance, and respond to National Transportation Safety Board recommendations and a recommendation from the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
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