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Going Direct: Amtrak Crash Fallout: Pilots Beware


Following the crash of an Amtrak train in Olympia, Washington, we’re already hearing cries for more automation to prevent such disasters. Will that happen in aviation, too?

The tragic crash on Monday of an Amtrak train that left at least three people dead and dozens injured, was associated with excess speed, a lot of excess speed. What does this have to do with aviation? Plenty. Reports are that the train was going 80 mph on a newly opened section of track that had a 30 mph limit. No word on whether it was pilot error or mechanical failure, but the train, just like an airliner, has black boxes, so we’ll likely find out what happened and why.

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