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Recent studies have shown that pilot error contributes to two-thirds

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Recent studies have shown that pilot error contributes to two-thirds of all crashes in commercial airlines. To address this problem, the airline industry has upgraded its training programs by increasing the hours of classroom instruction and emphasizing communication skills in the cockpit. Yet, it is unrealistic to expect such measures to compensate for pilot's lack of actual flying time. Therefore the airline industry should rethink its training approach to reduce commercial flight crashes.

Which one of the following is an assumption upon which the argument depends?

A) Well-designed training programs can eliminate commercial flight crashes.
B) Classroom instruction and communication skills training are not relevant for commercial flight pilots.
C) The number of airline crashes will decrease if pilot training programs focus on increasing actual flying time.
D) Lack of actual flying time is an important contributor to pilot error in commercial plane crashes.
E) Recent studies about the causes of commercial airline crashes are accurate.
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Recent studies have shown that pilot error contributes to two-thirds of all crashes in commercial airlines. To address this problem, the airline industry has upgraded its training programs by increasing the hours of classroom instruction and emphasizing communication skills in the cockpit. Yet, it is unrealistic to expect such measures to compensate for pilot's lack of actual flying time. Therefore the airline industry should rethink its training approach to reduce commercial flight crashes.

Which one of the following is an assumption upon which the argument depends?

A) Well-designed training programs can eliminate commercial flight crashes.
B) Classroom instruction and communication skills training are not relevant for commercial flight pilots.
C) The number of airline crashes will decrease if pilot training programs focus on increasing actual flying time.
D) Lack of actual flying time is an important contributor to pilot error in commercial plane crashes.
E) Recent studies about the causes of commercial airline crashes are accurate.


The argument said that pilot error is the main reason to crashes in commercial airlines. Moreover, the argument mentioned that the trainings help nothing in pilot's lack of actual flying time. Hence, there is a missing link here: the pilot error and the lack of actual flying time. Choice D conveys this missing link well.

Choice C is wrong since this choice doesn't fill the missing link. It just restates the conclusion.
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