NTSB: Pilots of Asiana 214 relied on automatic speed control, as plane flew too slow, too low

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Federal investigators have determined that the pilots of the jumbo jet that crash-landed in San Francisco realized too late that they were flying too low and too slow.

In this Saturday, July 6, 2013 aerial photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport, in San Francisco. The pilot at the controls of airliner had just 43 hours of flight time in the Boeing 777 and was landing one for the first time at San Francisco International. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

San Francisco, Calif. Federal investigators have determined that the pilots of the jumbo jet that crash-landed in San Francisco realized too late that they were flying too low and too slow.

The pilots of Asiana Flight 214 have told investigators they were relying on automated cockpit equipment to control their speed. That has put a focus of whether the auto-throttle malfunctioned or someone made a mistake setting it.

The head of the National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot at the controls was only about halfway through his training on the Boeing 777 and was landing at the San Francisco airport for the first time ever. His co-pilot was also on his first trip as a flight instructor.

The crash killed two of the 307 people aboard and injured scores of others. Among those hurt were two flight attendants at the rear of the plane who were ejected after it glanced off a sea wall and its tail snapped off.


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