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The recent Qantas QF32 engine failure illustrates the problems of dealing with common cause failure
This post is part of the Airbus aircraft family and system safety thread.
Updated: 15 Nov 2012
Generally the reason we have more than one of anything on a passenger aircraft is because we know that components can fail so independent redundancy is the cornerstone strategy to achieve the required levels of system reliability and safety. But while overall aircraft safety is predicated on the independence of these components, the reality is that the catastrophic failure of one component can also affect adjacent equipment and systems leading to what are termed common cause failures.