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News Summary: Automated systems challenge pilots

The Associated Press

AUTOPILOTS: Pilots spend nearly all their time monitoring automated cockpit systems, but their brains can't continually pay close attention to instruments that rarely fail or show discrepancies.

CRASH PROGRAMS: The problem is showing up repeatedly in accidents and may have been a factor in the recent crash landing of a South Korean airliner in San Francisco, industry and government experts say.

VISIAUL FLIGHT RULES: union and industry safety officials formed a working group last fall to come up with ways to teach pilots how to overcome the brain's natural tendency to sometimes see but disregard important information.