The pilots of Southwest flight 4013 say that Branson Airport was correctly programmed into their on-board computer Sunday, but that they “mistakenly identified” another airport as Branson when they saw its bright lights, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The explanation, aviators say, is an example of “confirmation bias,” the tendency of people to confirm their beliefs, and dismiss conflicting information.
a classic confirmation bias study: http://psycnet.apa.org/index.cfm?fa=buy.optionToBuy&id=1981-05421-001
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