AVIATION ACCIDENTS in ANTARCTICA -A review of literature and examination of dimensions.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Antarctica and its isolation relies heavily upon aviation for accessibility. For accessibility to, and scientific and artistic advancement of the Continent. The rapidly changing extreme weather, which creates environmental in-hostility and inaccessibility give rise to aviation presenting as a challenge in Antarctica. With this challenge come risks from an already high-risk mode of transport. This literature review examines aviation accidents in Antarctica from both the fixed wing and helicopter data. This data is presented in a Table format, from the first accident on 15 March 1929, up to 4th December 2013. The review answers the following dimensions. Firstly the spatial dimension; where do accidents occur commonly and why? Secondly the causal dimension; what are the main reasons behind aviation accidents? Thirdly the impact dimension, the environmental, political, economic and socio-cultural consequences of accidents. Finally, examination of the temporal dimension, thru asking; has aviation has become safer over time? The review is introduced with a brief contextual historical overview of Aviation. Followed by the International Geophysical Year-IGY, and its significance to Aviation. The tabulated aviation accident data follows; this is structured in pre International Geophysical Year (IGY), IGY and post IGY. Discussion of dimensions followed by conclusions complete the review.
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