Sriwijaya Air Crash – A Road towards Safety

For many of us, Aviation is PASSION. We tend to identify ourselves with all those amazing quotes out there that represent something called “An endless love” for this “not an everyday job’, but a lifestyle. 

2021 started just the way non of us wanted. Only 9 days into this year, Aviation wrote another chapter into its existence using blood as ink. A Sriwijaya Air jetliner carrying 62 people on board crashed shortly after taking off from Jakarta. 

Sriwijaya Air Flight 182 from Jakarta to Pontianak, in Indonesian Borneo, lost contact at 2:40 p.m. Western Indonesian Time (2:40 a.m. ET) on Saturday.

These kind of events are something that touches all of us and we don’t have to be an Aviation employee to feel the pain of flight that took off and never landed. 

I will not discuss what went wrong on the flight, who to blame and what will be the new safety procedures that would be an outcome of the same, but rather I would like to talk about something like raising up the awareness to all that want to be part of the Aviation and perhaps are already in. There are couple of segments that I wanna highlighted and I truly hope that this blog will be a great reminder and a learning experience for those that are reading it. So here is my wrap-up list of recommendations: 

  1. Please start understanding the priorities right. I know that you are rushing to fulfill those gaps that you might have them in your CV until your dream Airline starts recruiting again, but please understand that safety is not the top priority goal for all the individuals or organizations. It is a crucial requirement that contains hard thinking, serious money and daily effort to accomplish. And not everyone is trying to work and come with the “safety first” doctrine. Therefore, please prioritize what you will be choosing and be aware that every decision you are going to make carries a certain amount of risk. 
  2. Whatever you will be choosing or irrespective which airline you will choose fo work for, make sure that you are aware of all the hazards you may encounter. Evaluate them according to their probability and the impact that they can have. If you know that some Airline has “a not so good” safety record, don’t be desperate to fly for them. Concentrate on the hight probability/high impact risk and bring your decision. 
  3. Definelty, there is a lot to learn from mistakes that have happened in the past. Study the Airline/the Region history where you wanna work when it comes to Aviation and make sure you understand what really happened when something went wrong. Do focus on looking forward to the conclusions for the future and what kind of progress they have made. 
  4. You will be conducting e research so collect yourself a data and establish facts. Build yourself up a statistics of accidents and near-accidents with all the data, causes and consequences. This will be an asset to your decision making process and certainly a great learning experience that you never know when will be useful for further analysis and scissions. 
  5. Aviation is a field where tons of management is practiced. Get yourself familiarized with the safety management and the quality management. You will learn loads of systematic ways to structure obvious problems and you will get ideas how to solve them accordingly. This is how you will be able to present yourself as an outstanding candidate when chances arises. 
  6. Most probably you are following quite some number of Cabin Crew consultants like me, but try to make a list of them that are there to train you cause they possess enough knowledge and experience and others that are just great entertainers talking about “Airplane Lavatories” and “smelly cabin shoes”. Do not hesitate to extend some money here and any amount you spent in education, training or coaching is a very profitable investment. 
  7. Here comes one of my favorite. I used this in my last speech on my last flight and I have said to my Cabin Crew: Aim for excellence. However, when it comes to safety, knowing everything about the same, you will never be rewarded at your open day, assessment day or final interview for knowing everything about safety cause we all know that accidents are equally caused by bad luck and lack of effort. You will be looked as knowledgable and a proactive candidate that should demonstrate all the other skills as well. 
  8. Always bare in mind that you want to work in a something called “a safety sensitive sector” and despite the many things that we hear, read, collect at data are to worry us, we have to be able to absorb the bad news remaining with a positive mind-set. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, dear current Cabin Crew, dear laid-off Cabin Crew and dear Cabin Crew aspirants, 

Every day, millions and millions of passengers have put their trust within all the Airlines in the world out there to take them to their destination – and not to their destiny. And they all have good reason for their confidence. Anyone that is boarding a high-speed train, living next to a nuclear power plant or perhaps entering the hospital for a surgery  should hope that the principles of safety management have been understood and the same are implemented just as they are in Aviation.

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