Could it happen again…most definitely YES… this or something similar…
Human error will always be possible, but you factor in systems and procedure’s to ensure that whilst one human makes an error another human or system will spot that error.
Flying is still the safest form of transport known to man but with people like M.O’L consistently pushing the boundaries its only a matter of time…
I believe it is wrong to blame one person for an error such as the Madrid accident, that one was a cluster of errors by people who should have followed the procedures at all costs. Whilst international avaiation around the world should follow all the same rules and guidelines, they don`t implement strict controls to prevent those being ignored.
Fuel is a big issue with many budget airlines, the days when the pilot would factor the amount of fuel needed plus 20% plus nearest airport have gone, many are pressured to lose the 20% and run with nearest airport from destination.
That results in either the plane landing in conditions they normally don`t, run through bad weather they`d normally avoid, as in the southern hemisphere and the French jet crash or they divert straight to the nearest airport from destination.
Its rare to be sat on a budget airline and be held in a loop waiting for the weather to clear.
I no I rant on about the Spanish.
I worked in Spain for an engineering company that in the UK is highly pressured into following safety guideline’s to prevent joe public being killed.
Those same EU regulations are implemented in Spain in the same manner that Captain Barbosa follows in the Pirates of the Caribean films. There not rules more guideline’s.
The Spanish situation ment that all the parties involved were more interested in ignoring these rules, in the UK if procedures are not followed the maintenance crews, who cannot be pressured by the airlines, can ground an aircraft within minutes if they believe there being manipulated or pressured to bypass safety regulations.
UK aircraft are constantly being delayed for trivial matters that if ignored would break rules, i knew of one situation that a lens was found cracked on the undercarriage unit, this had to be ordered from the UK and flown out to Spain before the plane could get certified as safe to travel, that took 6 hours in delay time. The plane wasn`t due to fly at night or in bad conditions, it wouldn`t have affected the planes performance in anyway, the plane can technically land without lights at night, but the rules state any damage must be rectified.
In Spain these get ignored and procedures for maintenance staff to complain are very slack and crews are pressurised to get the flight out. That comes from all sides.
Spain although has hundreds of thousands of flights, still holds the record for the worse loss of death in any plane accidents in the world.