25 June 2014
Covering the NTSB’s hearing yesterday on the deadly crash of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco, news sources cited comments made by NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher A. Hart, who was quoted in several reports as stating that “the flight crew over-relied on automated systems without fully understanding how they interacted.” The NTSB determined that the Asiana pilots had given too much control to the Boeing 777’s autopilot functions, and recommended better pilot training. In the wake of the 6 July 2013 crash, the NTSB started focusing its probe on pilot error, saying that the plane was flying far too slowly to reach the runway when the crash occurred. NTSB Investigator Roger Cox said that the pilot flying the Asiana plane was experienced, but lacked certain critical skills for guiding the aircraft. (Image Credit: Wikipedia/NTSB)
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