Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was traveling well below its target speed for landing when it crashed short of the runway Saturday, reports USA Today.
“The speed was significantly below 137 knots, and we’re not talking a few knots,” she said.
Asiana Airlines said the pilot in charge of landing the Boeing 777 was in training for flying that model of jet, and that this was his first flight into San Francisco at the controls of a 777, the Associated Press reported.
“It was Lee Kang-kook’s maiden flight to the airport with the jet.” a spokeswoman for Asiana Airlines said. It reported that he had flown Boeing 747 jets into San Francisco’s airport previously, and was assisted on this flight by another pilot with more experience flying the 777.
The plane was travelling “significantly below” its intended speed and its crew tried to abort the landing just seconds before it hit the seawall in front of the runway, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said.
“He has a lot of experience and previously flown to San Francisco on different planes including the B747… and he was assisted by another pilot who has more experience with the 777,” the spokeswoman said.
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