Statistics about plane accidents consistently show pilot (or other human) error as the leading cause of crashes. With current advances in technology, it is therefore tempting to strive towards replacement of pilots with automated systems. However, I have never seen a tally of how many plane crashes are actually prevented by pilot skill, that would otherwise have resulted in loss of life. Are there any statistics available on this subject?
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Any manually-flown landing would meet your requirements. If the pilot does nothing on final approach, the plane will almost certainly come to a fiery end.
Landings that were very, very close to a crash aren't reported all that often - if you made some monumental screwup and managed to salvage it, would you write it up for the FAA? Not many people report almost-car-accidents or red light violations either.