Shortly after take off from Douala, Cameroon, the pilots of a B737 from Kenya Airlines lost its control . The captain experienced confusion and spatial disorientation and the aircraft entered in an unrecovered spiral dive. Inadecuate operational control, lack of crew coordination and non adherence to standard procedures were among the causes according to Civil Aviation authorities. Research about captain established certain personality traits as «Toxic» Captain capable to make a cockpit environment that can be a safety risk.  Let us learn to prevent these behaviors.

Toxic captain:

  • strong character and heightened ego;
  • authoritative and domineering attitude with subordinates;
  • paternalistic attitude;
  • deficiencies in CRM;
  • a “touch of arrogance

** The Toxic Captain
      Robert I. Baron / Aerosafety World- March 2012