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Features November 2017 Issue

Black Swan Lessons

When their #2 engine disintegrated after takeoff, the crew of QF 32 took their time, spending about an hour in a holding pattern sorting things out before attempting a landing.

Black Swan Lessons

Aviation history is rife with watershed events. Some turned out well, and others not so. While we donít see them every day, these watershed events can help us learn.

It was once believed that all swans were white. No one considered the possibility of black swans until a Dutch explorer discovered them in Australia in 1697. That is the nature of a Black Swan event: Itís rare, has an extreme impact and is predictable in retrospect.

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