I’ve been on an Air Crash Investigation binge today, and a common theme is that the pilots are so fixated on their instruments that they don’t bother doing any sort of visual physical inspection. Why is this? Is it because so much training is done in the simulator where you cannot physically look or go back and physically check?
Qantas Airways A380 out of Singapore: it was an hour before the third pilot was sent back to check the wings.
Embraer crash in Florida ‘Wounded Bird’: never realised the extent of the damage to the engine.
El Al crash in Amsterdam: never looked at the wing so never knew that the two engines had fallen off.
Flight 1549 - if the PIC had looked out of the window he’d have realised that his instruments were incorrect as his copilot was saying.