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Computer-Related Incidents with Commercial Aircraft

Thinking about Causes

There is yet no general theory, although there is developed procedure, of how we ascertain causes in accident investigations. The three papers
The X-31 and A320 Warsaw Crashes: Whodunnit? by Peter Ladkin,
A Model for a Causal Logic for Requirements Engineering, by Jonathan Moffett, Jon Hall, Andrew Coombes and John McDermid, and
Reasons and Causes by Peter Ladkin
discuss the notions of reasons and causes with respect to aviation accidents as steps towards a general theory. These papers use the A320 Warsaw accident as an example (the references are repeated below).