(Sun, from aviation) A user's misconfiguration or misuse of a piece of software, producing apparently bug-like results.
E.g. "Joe Luser reported a bug in sendmail that causes it to generate bogus headers." "That's not a bug, that's pilot error. His "sendmail.cf" is hosed."
When the plane goes down for the usual reasons—mechanical failure, pilot error—we have collective anguish and a few questions.
Theories based on scant evidence swing from mechanical problems to pilot error and back again.
Later, a senior military officer changed the cause of the crash to pilot error.
Within hours the Russian government issued a statement citing the incident on pilot error.
Almost all the 101 were downed because of “nonhostile causes” such as mechanical failure or pilot error.
It was to make this kind of pilot error impossible that Airbus developed its next generation of fully automated cockpit.
Your decision will be the same one so many hundreds and thousands of investigating boards have made in the past: pilot error.
Mr Chippindale considered the probable cause to have been pilot error.