SAN FRANCISCO, CA – You can file this under news that probably isn’t a huge surprise.
After eleven months of investigating, a federal safety panel has officially concluded the cause of the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco last year was pilot error.
The July 6, 2013 crash killed three people and injured 187.
“The flight crew over-relied on automated systems that they did not fully understand,” NTSB acting chairman Christopher Hart said. “As a result they flew too low and too slow and collided with the seawall at the end of the runway.”
The National Transportation Safety Board also cited pilot fatigue and lack of training and supervision as contributors to the crash.
“Untrained” is not a word you want to describe an airline pilot, but the NTSB is ready to use this as a learning experience.
They’re recommending changes to flight technology, increased pilot training, and refresher courses in landing flights manually.
Because when your job is to control a 300-ton object hurtling through the air, too much practice is just not possible.