Asiana Pilot Had Little 777 Flying Experience, Never Landed One at S.F. Airport Before, Airline Says
SEOUL, South Korea (TheBlaze/AP) — The pilot in control of the Boeing 777 that crash landed Saturday had little experience flying that type of plane—only 43 hours—and had never landed one at San Francisco International Airport before, Asiana Airlines says.
Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said Monday that Lee Gang-guk was trying to get used to the 777 during Saturday’s crash landing. She says the pilot had nearly 10,000 hours flying other planes but only 43 hours on the 777.
Accident investigators are trying to determine whether pilot error, mechanical problems or something else was to blame for the crash of Flight 214.
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board said earlier that the pilots were flying too slowly as they approached the airport and tried to abort the landing but crashed barely a second later.
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