Asiana pilots, airline raise possible equipment malfunction in San Francisco crash

  • Article by: JOAN LOWY , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 8, 2013 - 5:30 PM

WASHINGTON — The pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco in July, as well as the airline, are raising the possibility that a key device that controls the Boeing 777's speed may have malfunctioned, an aviation expert familiar with the investigation into the crash said Tuesday.

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MAUIWHALEPLUOct. 8, 13 4:35 PM

I have been an airline pilot for 19 years. Whether this was mechanical failure or not (which I do not believe at all), professional pilots do not sit by and watch as their aircraft slows to an unsafe speed and plummets to Earth. No attempt was ever made to FLY THE AIRPLANE and that is always the first thing a professional would do in any abnormal situation. This accident was caused by a lack of systems knowledge and situational awareness, end of story!

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dirletonOct. 8, 13 4:45 PM

There is no excuse for not flying the aircraft. No excuse.

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mylittleidOct. 8, 1310:12 PM

Even if it was mechanical failure of the auto-throttles, these pilots had an airspeed indicator, an altimeter, and glide slope lights next to the runway. Had they bothered to check, they could have easily seen they were low and slow. The biggest failure in that cockpit was by the pilots.

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