While the fatal Asiana Airline crash remains under investigation, several questions have emerged concerning the cause of the San Francisco plane accident. The crash of Asiana Flight 214 on July 6 killed two Chinese women and left 182 others with serious personal injuries.
Federal investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will continue their analysis of the crash, reviewing data recovered from the plane's black boxes and looking at issues such as pilot error or defective parts. Some initial reports have placed blame on the pilot, noting that Flight 214 was flying "significantly below" its target speed during approach when the crew tried to abort the landing just before the plane smashed onto the runway. Further, additional reports indicate that the pilot in charge of the flight was in his ninth training flight on the Boeing 777 and was 11 flights short of the worldwide standard to get licensed, according to company officials.
Another theory is that the auto throttle on the Boeing 777 failed to keep the proper speed for landing. Auto-throttles, which are connected to an airplane's flight management computers, allow pilots to select the appropriate speed for takeoff, cruising or landing. The devices automatically make corrections if there are deviations from the setting. Whether this part was defective is currently being investigated. One air safety consultant notes though that even if this part failed, it's possible that the pilots may have relied too much on technology and could have could have manually taken control of the engines at any time.
As with any airplane crash, it may be several months before an official report detailing all of the factors involved in the crash is published.
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