Author Identifier

John Murray

ORCID : 0000-0002-9580-3572

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Fatigue of Aircraft Structures


Sieć Badawcza Łukasiewicz - Instytut Lotnictwa


School of Engineering




Ayiei, A., Pollock, L., Khan, F. N., Murray, J., Baxter, G., & Wild, G. (2021). The role of leadership in aviation safety and aircraft airworthiness. Fatigue of Aircraft Structures, 2020(12), 1-14.


Ensuring aircraft are technically safe to operate is the realm of airworthiness, literally worthy of being in the air. This is achieved not only with technological tools and techniques, or with just personnel and manpower, it is guided and supervised by managers and leaders. As such, the objective of this paper is to understand the role leadership plays in maintaining aviation safety and aircraft airworthiness. To this end, a case study of the Hawker Sidley Nimrod XV230 accident that occured on September 2, 2006 near Kandahar in Afghanistan, was utilized. The study concluded that leadership is a key aspect, specifically finding that leaders are responsible for articulating the organizations vision, strategic objective setting, and monitoring the achievement of those objectives. It was concluded that operational airworthiness is direct dependent on the leadership ability to provide direction, workplace culture, continued learning, and established risk management systems for safe and airworthy operations.



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