Four pilots are under scrutiny as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other agencies examine what may have caused the recent devastating Asiana Airlines accident in San Francisco. Investigators have determined that the Boeing 777 was flying “significantly below” the target speed when it crashed into the runway, killing two teenage Chinese passengers and injuring more than 180 others.
Safety experts and investigators are questioning whether company policies and cockpit management techniques may have contributed to the unfortunate airplane collision, citing cockpit voice recordings from the flight that show that the pilot and co-pilot did not communicate until 1.5 seconds before the crash. “There was no discussion of any problems clearly at a time when one was developing,” said Barry Schiff, a TWA pilot and aviation safety expert.
The pilot at the controls was attempting to make his first landing with a Boeing 777 with only 43 hours of experience flying the massive jet. His senior co-pilot was making his first flight as a trainer, with at least 3, 220 hours of experience flying the massive jetliner.
NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said during a news conference, “I think it really is too early to conclude pilot error because there’s so much that we don’t know.”
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