National Transportation Safety Board
Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214’s pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner’s speed may have contributed to the plane’s dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.
Several people aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214 have said at least one of the Boeing 777’s evacuation chutes opened inside the cabin rather than outside the jet after it crashed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Federal investigators said Asiana Flight 214’s landing gear hit a seawall before the tail of the plane during a weekend crash at SFO. The NTSB said it had also learned that the commanding pilot of the crashed jet was on his first trip as a flight instructor.
A pilots’ union issued a statement Tuesday criticizing the National Transportation Safety Board for the way the agency is releasing information about the crash at San Francisco International Airport Saturday.
Part of the tail section of an Asiana jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport was found in the waters of San Francisco Bay, and debris from the seawall was carried several hundred feet down the runway, a federal official said Monday.
The first sign of trouble for a Korean passenger jet that crashed at San Francisco International Airport came seven seconds before impact – the point where the crew realized they were too slow on their approach to land.
Federal accident investigators recommended Tuesday that states cut their threshold for drunken driving by nearly half, matching a standard that has substantially reduced highway deaths in other countries.
California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein called on Congress to pass even stricter measures to prevent pipeline disasters like the one in San Bruno.
Federal investigators were looking into the explosion of a leaky Pacific Gas and Electric Co. gas pipeline in Cupertino that damaged a condominium.
The California legislature has passed a bill to require Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and other utilities to install remote-controlled automatic shut-off valves on gas transmission lines.