Pilot error becomes focus of Asiana crash

Pilot error becomes focus of Asiana crash

Just before it crash-landed on a San Francisco International Airport runway, a South Korean Boeing 777 was flying significantly below speed and its pilot fired up the engines and struggled to abort the landing seconds before impact, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday.

The investigation into the Saturday crash came to focus more sharply on possible pilot error Sunday as the South Korean airline ruled out a mechanical failure and federal investigators sought to interview the cockpit crew.

“We’re not talking about a few knots here or there. It was significantly below the 137 knots [required for the approach],” NTSB chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said in describing data taken from the cockpit and flight data recorders. “We do hope to interview the crew members within the next few days.”

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