IETI Transactions on Ergonomics and Safety

ISSN 2520-5439

DOI: 10.6722/TES

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Zunjic

2017 Volume 1 Issue 1

Human factors in accidents of airships (full text in pdf)
Aleksandar Zunjic 1, a
Filip Stojovic 2, b
Xiao-Guang Yue 3, c
Goran Papic 4
1 University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Belgrade, Serbia
2 Ikarbus AD, Belgrade, Serbia
3 International Engineering and Technology Institute, Hong Kong, China
4 Tankmont, Belgrade, Serbia
Abstract Airships represent a type of transport vehicle possessing great potential for the development of various branches of industry. They can provide probably the greatest comfort in transporting passengers in relation to all other means of transport, which makes them particularly suitable for different tourist arrangements. However, today the use of airships is almost inversely proportional to their capabilities and the potential they have. One of the reasons for such a situation is certainly the safety aspect of airships. The unfortunate cases from the past have largely affected the demand for this type of transport. This paper aims to investigate to what extent the human factor was the reason for the occurrence of accidents with airships. Based on the insight into the literature and documentation related to accidents of airships, it can be concluded that the human factor did not have a large share in the occurrence of accidents involving this means of transport. However, the prevention of accidents in the future requires a more complex ergonomic analysis that should include a segment of human factors in all parts of the system that are related to the design, use, driving, control and testing of airships and their personnel.
Keywords: Human factors; airship; zeppelins; blimps; accidents.