November 4, 2016
Eastern Airlines flight 401 was supposed to touch down in Miami on December 29th, 1972. Instead, it ended up crashing in the everglades, killing over 100 people on board. The pilots decided to check out a faulty light that was telling them their wheels were not locked down for landing (the light was broke but the wheels were fine) by circling back up over the Miami airport to take a look. The problem is that they didn't notice they hit the autopilot switch that turned it off as they were looking at the light. The black box recording of their conversation while they looked at the light bulb also had the warning sounds and lights of the plane losing altitude. How could it be that people trained in flying would neglect to hear or see things that are designed to cause someone to be alerted of incoming danger?
How We Focus
Humans cannot multitask as much as we think. Numerous studies, sometimes hilarious like this one, prove that we are incapable of focusing on multiple things of new surroundings at once. Meaning, if you are put in a situation you are not used and told to focus on one thing, you would be oblivious of other things around you. This helps explain why Wayne Gretzky and Roger Federer have been so dominate in their sport. They see things that others cannot. As the puck or ball