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Why pilots lost their superstar ranking

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With technological advances, planes basically fly by themselves. That's made traveling by air much safer, but it has also had a negative effect on pilots' flying skills.

Years ago airline pilots were superstars. As they walked through airports people marveled at their ability to have control of huge machines with relative ease. These days, with technological advances, planes are meant to fly by themselves. While this has made air safety much more reliable, it has also had an effect on pilots at large – their skills are declining.

Vanity Fair writer William Langewiesche explored how a series of small errors turned one flight into a horrible nightmare. 

Read the full story: The Human Factor

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