In the days following Saturday’s Asiana Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport, everyone wants to know what happened. I commend the National Transportation Safety Board
and its chair, Deborah Hersman, for being on the ground and carefully delivering information to a curious public. The Korean-based airline’s public relations department has also been forthright about the names and experience of the pilots involved. We can’t ask for much more as the investigation continues.
Below, scroll down to see a helpful interactive by the Associated Press explaining how many people were on the plane at the time, where they’re from, the flight route and photos of the crash.
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Now we wait. There are more questions than answers, as pointed out in this Associated Press news story published by The Seattle Times.
Among the questions raised in the report:
- Does pilot fatigue cause errors? On June 20, KING 5 aviation reporter Glenn Farley filed this timely report on Boeing’s latest studies into this very issue.
- Is automation hurting pilots and their abilities to spot problems manually?
Until we get some answers, my thoughts go out to the passengers and crew of the Asiana 214 crash and their families.