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International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace

2015

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Framing The Mh17 Disaster – More Heat Than Light?, Simon A. Bennett Oct 2015

Framing The Mh17 Disaster – More Heat Than Light?, Simon A. Bennett

International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace

Despite the reductionist analyses produced by politicians and the Fourth Estate, the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was a systems accident – a product of the interactions between the actants that compose the commercial aviation system network-space. As an antidote to reductionism’s ‘fundamental attribution error’, this paper presents a systems-thinking-informed analysis of the MH17 disaster. To this end it draws on Actor-Network Theory and the work of Reason, Toft, Dekker, Hollnagel and other systems-thinking advocates. Whether intentional or not, politicians’ reductionist analyses generated political capital. European Union and American finger-pointing distracted from aviation authorities’ and airlines’ ill-advised routing policies ...