Stress is a bodily response to a stimulus that disturbs or interferes with the “normal” physiological equilibrium of a person and, in the context of aviation, refers to a state of physical, mental or emotional strain due to some external or internal stimulus.

Understanding the factors that lead to stress, as well as how to cope with stressful situations, can greatly improve a individual's performance. Also, understanding that colleagues may react differently to the same stressor is important and can help you control a situation that can quickly get out of hand if an individual is having a negative reaction.

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Events on the SKYbrary database which list stress as a significant contributory factor:

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Fuel Leak and Confirmation Bias (OGHFA SE)Climb, Cruise, Descent
Fuel Starvation, Stress, Fatigue and Nonstandard Phraseology (OGHFA SE)Cruise, Descent
Landing Gear Failure (OGHFA SE)Landing
Takeoff Weight Entry Error and Fatigue (OGHFA SE)Take Off
Unidentified Fire On Board (OGHFA SE)Cruise, Descent, Landing

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