Purpose of Root Cause Analysis
Aviation safety managers have usually have different opinions about exactly what root cause analysis is. Root cause analysis for one safety manager is not root cause analysis for another. This is because there is no standard definition for what root cause analysis is. Even oversight agencies like the FAA or ICAO shy away from providing much guidance on what root cause analysis is or how to conduct it.
The lack of definition is not necessarily a bad thing. What’s important is to understand the goals and purpose of root cause analysis: