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June 14, 2012

PLANE CRASH:– KNOWLEDGE VS COMMON SENSE.

About 12 days ago, a plane crash happened in Nigeria where about 153 lives were lost.

Findings (though not certain), word of mouth from people working in the airline, with investigations still on-going into the crash showed that the airplane was not "fly-worthy" or not duly certified to take-off but the management of the airline ordered that it should take-off (afterall it was just a 50mins flight time).

My questions now are:

  • Did the management not have the right knowledge on what risk was involved in having a faulty plane?
  • Did the pilot not know the implications of going ahead on such a trip?
  • Why did the technical crew not raise "red flags" or blow the whistle being that they were the people with the right knowledge on what the situation of the airplane was?
  • How much value/no value is the airplane worth to the company as an asset?
  • Where did the airline company keep the knowledge and importance of health and safefy for the crew members as well as passengers?

My questions i am sure could go on and on.......ok could i say that there was no efficient knowledge management system in place from the ground staff managing and maintaining the plane to the management? Or they just did not have the requisite knowledge on such issues (which i refuse to believe).

But if that was the case in this situation would common sense not have prevailed instead in terms of risk anticipation?

Anyways it seems too late to ask these questions..........

My opinion on this is that organisations should move past that phase of cost cutting when it comes to maintenance issues if they want to sustain the values of their physical assets ranging from the individuals in the organisation to machines they use. Also reliability and maintainability should be viewed as measures to effectively managing assets which may lead to increased business profits for the organisations.

MAY THE SOULS OF MY FRIENDS WHO PASSED AWAY AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED REST IN PEACE. AMEN!!!!!


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