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Asiana Airlines Admits Pilot Error to Blame for San Francisco Crash

Asiana Flight 214 Moved From Crash Scene
The wrecked fuselage of Asiana Airlines flght 214 sits in a storage area at San Francisco International Airport on July 12, 2013 in San Francisco, Ca. Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

Asiana Airlines says last year's Boeing 777 crash, which killed three and injured scores, was likely due to slow flying and failure to abort landing. A report to the National Transportation Safety Board also cites failure in speed-control features

Asiana Airlines said for the first time that pilot error was the “probable cause” of the deadly crash in San Francisco last year, according to newly released documents provided to U.S. investigators.

The airline said the pilots were flying too slow and failed to abort the landing in time before the Boeing 777 crashed into a seawall ahead of the runway in an incident that left three people dead and scores injured.

But in its report filed with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as part of its investigation of the July crash, Asiana claimed there were “inconsistencies” in the plane’s auto throttle that contributed to the crash, USA Today reports.

The airline said the crew of Asiana Flight 214 believed the auto throttle was maintaining the appropriate airspeed without realizing the speed-control feature was inactive. Moments earlier, pilot Lee Kang-kuk had disconnected autopilot and moved throttles to idle — effectively shutting off auto throttle — when the plane unexpectedly began to climb during its descent. A noise alarm sounds when the auto throttle is disconnected, but not when it turns off automatically.

The navigation equipment “led the crew to believe that the auto throttle was maintaining the airspeed set by the crew,” according to the report.

In a separate filing to the NTSB, Boeing said its systems were functioning as expected and the pilots should have aborted the landing.

An FAA test pilot raised concerns over the potential for confusion in 2010, and the FAA “strongly” encouraged Boeing to ensure the auto throttle would “wake up” during significant changes in air speed, but Boeing has not yet changed the software, according to USA Today.

[USA Today]

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Asiana Airlines Fined $500K After San Francisco Crash

Asiana Airlines Fined $500K After San Francisco Crash
In this July 6, 2013 aerial file photo, the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 lies on the ground after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco. Marcio Jose Sanchez—AP

U.S. federal investigators say the South Korean airline failed to adequately assist families of the victims of Asiana 214, a flight that crashed on final approach to San Francisco's SFO airport on July 6, 2103 leaving 3 dead and 181 injured

Asiana Airlines has been fined $500,000 for failing to to provide adequate assistance to families of passengers on its airplane that crashed at San Francisco International airport last year.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the fine Tuesday after their investigation into the Asiana Flight 214 crash showed the South Korean airline was too slow to alert families of the crash, and did a poor job keeping them updated. The crash, which took place July 6, was caused by the airplane’s tail hitting a seawall while landing, and resulted in three deaths and dozens of injuries.

Federal investigators found it took the airline five days to reach family members of all 291 passengers, which was considered unacceptable since many of the passengers were from South Korea and China, and the airline was their family members’ only source of information. Asiana Airlines also failed to make people aware of a toll-free helpline, claimed the DoT, and the line initially sent callers to a reservation line. Investigators said there were also not enough translators made available during and after the crash.

An Asiana Airlines spokesperson told the Associated Press, “Asiana provided extensive support to the passengers and their families following the accident and will continue to do so.”

[AP]

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