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San Francisco plane crash caused by pilot’s inexperience with onboard computers

12
Dec
2013

The pilot of Asiana Flight 214 didnt understand the planes auto-throttle system, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) told press after conducting interviews with those involved in the accident. Lee Kang-kuk, the pilot in charge of the flight, set its throttles to idle, mistakenly believing the computers would keep the plane above the minimum speed set for landing, and ultimately causing the July crash at San Francisco International Airport. Summarizing an interview with the Lee, who was in training at the time of the accident, the NTSB notes the pilot believed the auto-throttle should have come out of the idle position to prevent the airplane going below the minimum speed … that was the theory at least, as he understood it. Sadly, that wasnt the case. Rather, the pilot in charge of the flight was still being trained on the plane, and was unaware the throttle system would behave in the way it did.

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