Faith in Automation Doomed Asiana 214

    An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 plane is seen in this aerial image after it crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport in California on July 6, 2013. Two people were killed and 130 were hospitalized after the plane crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday morning, San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanna Hayes-White said. The figures cited by Hayes-White leave 69 people still unaccounted for in the accident. The Boeing 777, which had flown from Seoul, South Korea, was carrying 307 people.  REUTERS/Jed Jacobsohn   (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX11F75

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    The South Korean crew of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed in San Francisco last year because they “over-relied on automated systems that they did not fully understand,” the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. The crash last July killed three Chinese teenagers (one of whom was run over by fire trucks) and injured 181. The NTSB said the crew relied on an automated throttle upon approach, which had the Boeing 777 flying at 118 mph instead of the target landing speed of 157 mph when it hit a seawall. Pilot Lee Kan Kuk originally said he was “stressed” trying to land the plane without assistance from an airport indicator, but later retracted his statement.

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