Airline Pilots Make These Deadly Mistakes Way More Often Than You Realize

Flying an airplane is no easy task. Shockingly, nearly 80% of plane crashes are the result of pilot error. Although plane crashes are rare, they can happen, especially if the pilot is careless before, during, or after takeoff.

Here are the deadliest mistakes airline pilots can make. One error could cost passengers their lives (page 9).

1. Failing the ‘I-M-S-A-F-E’ test

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Airline pilots need to work to make sure they’re in shape to fly. | Den-belitsky/iStock/Getty Images

This acronym stands for illness, medication, stress, alcohol, fatigue, and (lack of) eating. Too few pilots take this test seriously. Yet it could mean life or death if a pilot is not suited to fly the plane.

A recent study showed functioning without sleep for 24 hours is equivalent to having a 0.1% blood-alcohol content, far above the legal 0.08%.

Next: This can lead to a deadly plane crash.

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