OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL (ARMY) WASHINGTON DC
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Pilot-error accidents have dominated accident statistics consistently from the 1940s to the present. Sanders and Hofmann 1975 found that three factors from Cattells Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire 16 PF showed significant differences p or 0.5 between pilot-error accident groups and were used to correctly classify 86 of the aviators tested as to their previous pilot-error accident involvement. Sixty-six aviators were given the 16 PF in the present study in an attempt to cross-validate the findings reported in the original study. The results indicate that the personality factors did not significantly discriminate between the pilot-error accident groups. The primary personality differences between the present sample and the original sample were due to variations in the pilot-error accident free groups. The findings indicate that individual differences in personality characteristics of the aviators prevent consistent identification of traits associated with pilot-error groups.
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