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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  1. Ungsutorn Thavornlertrat

    this is heart breaking,...seriously, a case of negligence and ignoring problem.
    Why do management think that they have more knowledge than those people who are on duty?

    if the plane is not fly-worthy, there is no way that anyone can let it fly.
    if you have the knowledge but refuse to use it, what the point of having that knowledge in your organization then?

    In this case, I don’t know the detail, but do the management know exactly the information of the flight?
    I’m just speechless if they let it happen despite knowing that the plane is not in a good condition just for the sake of some money.

    sorry for the loss tega….

    14 Jun 2012, 14:29

  2. Pauline Mmbaga

    This was such a tragedy to say the least. I think negligence is a crime, and should never be an excuse especially when peoples lives are involved. This relates to the entry i made a few weeks back about Titanic and how all those lives could have easily been saved. Maintenance is certainly amongst the organizational concerns that should never be put off because of saving costs. At the end of the day, the costs incurred from not taking simple measures is too high,and in this case paid by innocent lives. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, may their souls rest in peace.

    14 Jun 2012, 23:52

  3. Daniella Abena Badu

    According to the few articles I have read over the past few weeks, about 85% of the implementation of KM systems within developed countries have failed therefore it can be assumed that the likelyhood of having a robust KM system in some developing country is non existent. Also most third world countries have very poor health and safety and maintenance standards due to a number of reasons, such as the inefficiency of financial resources or the shortage of skilled labour. However, these tough challenges need addressing to prevent such incidents from happening again. What lessons can we learn from the incident, firstly not to compromise when it comes to safety and maintenance issues, secondly as future managers we should have an eye for detail, by paying attention to how work is being carried out in different departments and how safety and maintenance procedures are followed. I believe our generation can make a difference to contribute positively to our community. May all those who lost their lives rest in peace.

    17 Jun 2012, 10:49


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