Yesterday, the cockpit voice recording of the last few minutes of Air France Flight 447, which crashed in the Atlantic In June of 2009, was released.
As is true of most of these situations, the transcript reveals the frantic efforts of the crew to correct the situation. There is a question of whether the pilots were at fault or did the plane's systems fail. A very telling comment from the article is the following:
"Air France says the plane overwhelmed properly trained pilots with a blizzard of confusing signals and misled them because of a "trap" caused by erratic warnings."
Sounds familiar. My blog about medical alarms mentions identical problems.
Maybe I was wrong about the lack of similarity of medicine to airlines/pilots. At least in this instance, the two industries may have more in common than I thought.