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It’s been true since the Wright Brothers first took flight: Bad plane accidents can lead to good safety improvements. A deadly fire on an Air Canada flight in 1983, for instance, led to lavatory smoke detectors. And the in-flight rupture of an Aloha Airlines fuselage five years later led to increased scrutiny of aging aircraft. But what will be the legacy of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crashed one year ago this weekend? In layman’s language, Asiana 214 was caused by pilot error involving a number of issues. Christopher Hart, Acting Director of the National Transportation Safety Board: But past and present NTSB leaders say that to blame the accident solely on pilot error is to miss the real lesson of Flight 214. Former NTSB chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman, who oversaw the crash investigation, said the “one change that I would like to see: Improving the human-machine interface.”

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