How does the plane crash in Korean Airlines tie into culture of honor in Outliers?

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Gladwell explains that the culture of honor prevents people from admitting that they potentially may have made a mistake; also the culture of honor prevents people in lower positions in social hierarchies from challenging the decisions of those in higher positions.  Gladwell outlines the conversation that occurred between the pilot and his subordinate just before the crash--the subordinate knows that something is very wrong, yet he does not directly tell the head pilot of his concerns.  Instead, he attempts to allude to the problem, but the head pilot follows his own plan.  Gladwell says that the interplay between the two men is bound by the culture of honor, so much so that the subordinate lost his life rather than break social custom.