View Anonymous Flight Incident Reports
Have you ever wondered who or what keeps track of all the incidents that airline staff report?
If you’ve ever witnessed an incident while flying- be it inside or outside the craft, you very likely have wondered if anyone else noticed. Now, while a bird flying into the side of the plane is one thing, there are plenty more dangerous incidents that could occur- further pressing the question of: is anyone else seeing this? As a matter of fact, there is, and they're very likely reporting it anonymously.
The Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS)
There is a website created by NASA for airline staff (pilots, flight attendants, ground control, etc) to submit anonymous flight incident reports. This website is called the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS for short) and while the ability to submit incidents is reserved for airline staff, the database entries are available to the general public to view.
Whenever airline staff witness an incident, they anonymously report it to this system, which is mitigated by a variety of parties who take action as needed. The anonymity is to avoid any potential career repercussions, which means more accurate and truthful incidents reports- something we should be very thankful for. The fun part for us is that we can view all of these incidents on the ASRS website and let me tell you, some of these reports are wild.
If you have some free time, check it out. Really interesting to see the types of incidents that have been reported. Be warned- these could be a little scary to read, especially if you’re not a fan of flying. If you are a fan of flying (or travelling, for that matter) then you might enjoy these 5 uncommon travel tips.
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