Asiana Pilots Blame Landing Speed

    In this photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, Investigator in Charge Bill English, foreground, and NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman discuss the progress of the investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco. The Asiana flight crashed upon landing Saturday, July 6, at San Francisco International Airport, and two of the 307 passengers aboard were killed. (AP Photo/National Transportation Safety Board)

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    Asiana Airlines pilots said the Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday had an automatic system similar to a car’s cruise control that did not maintain proper speed for landing. In an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot said they set the auto throttle at 137 knots, a speed that is significantly faster than what Flight 214 came in at during its ill-fated landing. But one of the pilots also told the investigators that he knew the flight was coming in too low and tried to correct the path before the crash. The two main pilots said they were well rested, getting eight hours of sleep the night before the flight. They also said they worked the first four hours and 15 minutes of the flight before being relieved by the backup crew. They took control of the aircraft again about an hour and 15 minutes before attempting to land.

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