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Miscommunication between pilots and air traffic control

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Abstract:

Language confusion is a frequent cause of pilot error. Although English was made the common language of world aviation in 1951, miscommunication and crashes in which communication was a contributing factor are common. Standard phrases used by air traffic controllers in the United States contain numerous confusing elements. These include ambiguities, misnomers and illogicalities. Phrases are not derivations of a master plan as they should be. The inability of English to express specific instructions to pilots without confusion disqualifies it as a language for permanent use by aviation.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/lplp.27.3.03jon

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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