Katie Hafner, "Comforts of Home Yield to Tyranny Of Digital Gizmos," The New York Times, April 28, 2002
There have been accidents in which pilot flight mode-confusion is known, or believed to have been a contributory factor. These include the 20 January, 1992, Air Inter A320 crash on approach to Strasbourg, France (in which there were 88 fatalities) and the 26 April, 1994, China Air Lines A300-600 accident at Nagoya, Japan, in which 264 people died.
Several serious, but non-fatal incidents involving various types have also been judged by investigating authorities to be attributable to mode-confusion.
"FAA to look at cockpit design," Flight International, January 4, 1995