Asiana Crash in San Francisco, The Pilot Still Exercise Use the Boeing 777

San Francisco, - Asiana Airlines that crashed in San Francisco, US turned out to be steered by a pilot who is still in training using Boeing 777 aircraft. Although already an experienced pilot, but the pilot is not accustomed to using Boeing 777 jet engine.

"It was the maiden flight for Lee Kang Kook (pilot of Asiana) to the San Francisco airport using the 777 jet. He's still in training. Fact, a veteran also need training to use the new jet from Boeing," said a spokesman for Asiana Airlines, as reported by Asia One, Monday (07/08/2013).

According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB, the aircraft was flying to low, well below the required speed. The crew had been trying to abort the landing, a few seconds before it hit the surface of the sea in front of the runway.

"He (The Pilot, Lee Kang Kook) was very experienced and had previously flown to San Francisco by using different aircraft including the Boeing 747 ... and he was assisted by other, more experienced pilot with a Boeing 777," said the spokesman.

Lee began his career as an apprentice in 1994 Asiana. Currently, he has picked up 9793 hours of flying, but only 43 hours of flight with Boeing 777 jets.

Meanwhile, co-pilot, Lee Jeong Min has had 12,287 flight hours, including 3,220 hours flying with the Boeing 777. And Lee Jeong Min helped Lee Kang Kook for landing at San Francisco.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said it is too early to conclude whether the crash was caused by pilot error or mechanical problems. Hersman said there was no evidence of any problem until seven seconds before the plane crashed. Watchtowers also did not issue a warning signal to the plane problem.

According to eyewitnesses, the plane was seen flying too low before landing on Saturday (6/8) local time. Tail of the plane was destroyed by a hard impact when landing failed. Two people were killed in the crash.

Boeing 777 Asiana Airlines Crash in San Francisco

Asiana Airlines, Korea, crashed short of runway in San Francisco International Airport USA

Boeing 777-28E ER Asiana Airlines flight OZ 214 from Seoul to San Francisco, bring 291 passengers and 12 crew members crashed short of runway 28L on landing at San Francisco. Most passengers and crew members were able to escape the burning aircraft.

The flight crew gave no indication of a problem before attempting its landing.
Weather at the time of the accident, Clear and visibility at 10 miles.

Eyewitness said,

He saw the airliner land short of the runway with the landing gear hitting the seawall. A fire ball flared on the underside of the aircraft during the hard landing. The aircraft cartwheeled according to the eyewitness with the tail section and vertical stabilizers separating quickly. The right wing tip shows damage.

Passenger in the rear section of the aircraft said, the tail section hit the ground very hard and at least two Flight Attendants “fell out” from rear into the gap that was created when the tail section separated.

Reported to CNN

Victim report:
  • 2 people have died
  • 5 people critical
  • 5 people serious
The remainder were later transported to area hospitals for medical attention and are expected to be released.

Condition of aircraft was badly damaged, broken tail and burning.

Asiana Airlines said that the plane was carrying 291 passengers (19 passengers in business class and 272 passengers economy class) and 16 crew members. Passengers consisted of 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 61 U.S. citizen, 1 Japanese, and others with a total of 291 passengers.

Release issued by the airline, Asiana airlines flight number OZ-214 departed from Seoul on July 6 at 16:35 Korean time toward San Francisco. On July 7, 11:28 pm San Francisco time, the accident occurred on flight OZ-214 when landing on Runway 28, San Francisco International Airport.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) immediately sent an investigative team to San Francisco to investigate the cause of this accident. NTSB leadership, Deborah Hersman said, it was too early to ascertain the cause of the accident. It will look at all possibilities and gather all the facts before making conclusions.