It’s been revealed that the pilot in charge of the Boeing 777 that crashed on Saturday at San Francisco airport was in training.
The plane was carrying 307 people on board when it came down short of the runway, killing two Chinese teenagers and injuring dozens of others.
Asiana Airlines say that although Lee Gang-Guk had flown nearly 10,000 hours on other planes, he had only 43 hours on the 777.
Deborah Hersman, chairperson of The National Transportation Safety Board, in charge of investigating aviation accidents in the US, said the pilot did not appear to have raised the alarm that he was in difficulties.
“The controller declared an emergency, no prior distress calls or requests for special support or problems were noted in the air traffic control tapes between the control and the Asiana crew,” Hersman told reporters at a press conference.
The pilot had tried to increase the plane’s speed and abort its landing just seconds before it hit a sea wall in front of the airport runway. Flight data recorders show the plane received a warning that its engines were likely to stall as it approached the runway
The San Francisco Fire Department Chief, Joanne Hayes-White, praised the crew for how they looked after passengers.
“My understanding is the crew of Asiana Airlines did a phenomenal job in making sure that they put passengers first, and they stayed on to make sure that everyone was brought to safety. I interacted with one of the crew managers, and she was so composed I actually thought that she was brought in from the terminal,” Hayes-White said.
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