Aircraft Accidents and Reviewing History

I follow Air Disasters at @AirCrashMayday on Twitter. It’s interesting because the accidents they keep posting are ones I knew very well from my younger days. One might say that my interest is gruesome, but not true; the past teaches us many things if we are wise to listen.
For instance, Eastern Airlines flight 401 crashed in the Everglades on December 29, 1972. I remember where I was when I heard the news; it was such a huge story. A new airliner – the Lockheed L1011 – flew into the Everglades; it did not roll out of control or suffer a flameout of engines, but it flew into the Everglades.
I understand one of the major causes was unfamiliarity with a simple upgrade in technology. By bumping the yoke, the captain disengaged the autopilot sending the plane into a gradual descent. The pilots’ attention was intent on fixing a light, they did not realize the danger they were in until moments before impact.
Today we inundate pilots with technology; systems feed other systems that have ties only a seasoned engineer or mechanic would understand. Are we in danger of repeating the problems of the past?

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