Mid-Term Essay

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Mid-Term Choice A: Write a paper. Length: 5 Pages (not including the works cited page, double-spaced, 12 pitch, APA style) Sources: At least 5 (two peer-reviewed) Subject: Choose from one of the following: 1. Cogan Air Flight 3407 2. Collision of Metrolink Train 111 With Union Pacific Train LOF65-12 Chatsworth, California September 12, 2008 (http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2010/RAR1001.pdf) 3. Collision Between U.S. Passenger Ferry M/V Block Island and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay Block Island Sound, Rhode Island July 2, 2008 (http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2011/MAR1101.pdf) 4. Truck-Tractor Semitrailer Rear-End Collision Into Passenger Vehicles on Interstate 44 Near Miami, Oklahoma June 26, 2009 (http://www.ntsb.gov/publictn/2010/HAR1002.pdf) Format: 1. Summarize the accident (no more than one page) 2. Answer the following questions: (at least four pages—can be more if you need it). a. What is the root cause of the accident? b. Was the operator/driver/pilot “at fault?” c. Do you agree/disagree with the NTSB? Analyze the accident using Reason’s approach: Active Failures and Latent Conditions. What defenses were in place to prevent the accident and what “holes” in those defenses led to the outcomes. Your paper should include the following sections: 1. Summary (no more than one page) 2. Root Cause: 3. Fault: 4. Agree/Disagree with the NTSB. 5. Works Cited (Not counted in the five pages) Choice B You may choose to take the mid-term in class instead of writing the paper. I will provide an accident during class and ask you to apply Reason’s Active Failure and Latent Conditions. The accident I provide in class will be different and

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