Sunday, July 7, 2013

(UPDATED with additional information) Video of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crash-Landing at SFO

(UPDATE) According to Reuters, one of the two Chinese girls who died may have been run over by an emergency vehicle. According to another Reuters article, this was the very first landing on San Francisco Airport on Boeing 777 for the Asiana pilot, who was training on 777 with 43 hours so far. The co-pilot who had significantly more hours (3,220) on 777 and overall was assisting the pilot.

In an CNN interview, an American on board Asiana Flight 214 said ambulances didn't come for more than 20 minutes, and when they did, the crew ignored his word that there were people behind the plane who fell out of the back of the plane.

That's where the girls were.


from CNN:

Just heard on the radio news: the plane was coming in at a speed significantly lower than the speed for landing. So the plane stalled.


Anonymous said...

Ignorance kills.

If what's reported is true, I feel deeply sorry for the chinese girl who was run over after surviving a horror plane crash, and also for all those who did their best to help, only to find one single (or so I hope) ignorant bigmouth destroyed their efforts. (20 mins. may seem a lot, but it seems they had no advance warning.)

My thoughs are with all the victims and their families and friends.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the usual.

Anonymous said...

Something smells fishy about this whole incident. How can the state-of-the-art Boeing 777 only give 7 seconds of warning about the aircraft coming in too slow and stalling? These aircraft are designed to allow for the greatest margins of error, so this sounds ludicrous.

Also, what happened to the Airport's instrument landing system, which is supposed to guide pilots into flying the correct approach angle and speed?

It is preposterous to think in the modern age of aviation that a state-of-the-art passenger plane can try to land under such circumstances absent some kind of mechanical or navigational system malfunction. The entire truth is not being revealed.

Anonymous said...

Anon at 11AM, instrument landing has not been used on that particular runway since June 1. They are doing the construction work on the runway. The notice has been posted, and all pilots landing at SFO know. With clear visibility and hardly any wind, lack of Glide Path shouldn't have affected the landing.

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