Accession Number:

AD1052734

Title:

Review of U.S. Army Unmanned Aerial Systems Accident Reports: Analysis of Human Error Contributions

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report,01 Oct 2010,30 Sep 2015

Corporate Author:

ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER

Report Date:

2018-03-20

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

Unmanned aerial systems UAS accident reports occurring between 1 October 2010 FY11 and 30 September 2015 FY15 were reviewed for human-error trends. The following common themes were identified within the report narratives poor planning, fueling errors, and maintenance errors. Personnel data, including hours slept, hours worked, and hours flown prior to the accident, were also reviewed to evaluate if fatigue due to sleep or long shifts may have played a causal role. However, none were identified as significantly contributing to the possible cause of the accident. The role of human error in UAS mishaps is discussed and recommendations have been put forth to assist in future identification of causes of mishaps.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE