Accident investigators: Pilot who crash-landed at San Francisco airport was ill-prepared

  • Article by: MARTHA MENDOZA , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 11, 2013 - 7:25 PM

WASHINGTON — The pilot of the jet that crash-landed at San Francisco's airport last summer worried privately before takeoff about handling the Boeing 777, especially because runway construction meant he would have to land without any help from a common type of guidance system.

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davehougDec. 11, 1311:54 AM

Pilots are just a "unit of labor" to a corporation. But the difference in SKILL is evident between this guy and Captain Scully who landed safely into the Hudson, after losing both engines.

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regionguyDec. 11, 13 1:35 PM

Did I mis-read this, or wasn't there in fact an instructor pilot onboard? If so, why didn't he intervene?

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WaterBunkerDec. 11, 13 4:33 PM

Captain Sully couldn't have safely landed this 777 if he was not attentive to the auto-pilot, airspeed indicator, vasi lights, etc. This accident was due to both pilots not paying attention to the airplane. Visual approaches are much less demanding than instrument approaches...even in heavy aircraft.

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mylittleidDec. 11, 13 7:08 PM

It's pretty bad when two pilots working together can't maintain a glide slope visually on a clear, sunny day. Especially when another crew member tells them four times they are too low.

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