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Can a piece of duct tape bring down a plane today (Flight 603, 1996, Perú)?

I'd perhaps make this a comment but it's too long. This is a "hopefully) useful addition to the other answers. This is an example of Anthony X's "Swiss Cheese Model". A large proportion ...
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Can a piece of duct tape bring down a plane today (Flight 603, 1996, Perú)?

The risk has been mitigated, but the potential will always remain... consider the "Swiss Cheese Model". If: The cleaning crew working on the aircraft "bent the rules" and chose to ...
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Can a piece of duct tape bring down a plane today (Flight 603, 1996, Perú)?

Yes, this can happen on all aircraft. The static ports on the aircraft were covered with tape for cleaning, and then not removed. This resulted in contradictory flight data (mainly airspeed and ...
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Do big complicated aircraft check the DI?

The main difference is that airliners and other more complex aircraft will have much more sophisticated navigation equipment. Instead of a "simple" vacuum-powered gyroscope, they have things ...
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