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Jul 15, 2013

Well-known hazards seen as likely factors in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO/ SEATTLE (Reuters) – In the seconds before Asiana Airlines Flight 214 slammed into a seawall at San Francisco airport on July 6, pilots realized the plane was flying too low and much too slowly – even though, they told investigators, they had set a control system called an auto-throttle to keep the Boeing 777 at a constant speed.

The pilots belatedly tried to abort the landing, but it was too late. Three Chinese students died in the crash, and at least 14 people remain in hospitals with severe injuries.

Jul 13, 2013

Third Chinese schoolgirl dies in Asiana air crash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A Chinese girl died in a San Francisco hospital on Friday, becoming the third fatality in the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet at the city’s airport last Saturday, doctors and Chinese officials said.

The teenage girl, who died on Friday morning, had been in critical condition, according to a statement from two doctors at San Francisco General Hospital. Her parents asked the hospital not to release further information.

Jul 12, 2013

No sign automatic equipment failed in San Francisco crash- NTSB

SAN FRANCISCO, July 11 (Reuters) – There are no signs of
failure of the autopilot or other key automatic flight equipment
on the Asiana plane that crashed in San Francisco last week, the
head of National Transportation Safety Board said on Thursday.

“There is no anomalous behavior of the autopilot, of the
flight director, and of the auto-throttles, based on the FDR
(flight data recorder) data reviewed to date,” NTSB Chairwoman
Deborah Hersman told a news conference, referring to the flight
data recorder from the Boeing 777.

Jul 11, 2013

Asiana passengers initially told not to evacuate after crash

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10 (Reuters) – Passengers aboard the
Asiana Airlines plane that crashed in San Francisco were
initially told not to evacuate the aircraft after it skidded to
a halt on the runway, a federal safety official said on
Wednesday.

But a flight attendant saw fire outside the plane, and the
call to exit was made, 90 seconds after the crash, said National
Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman at a San
Francisco press conference. The first emergency response
vehicles arrived 30 seconds later.

Jul 10, 2013

Pilots in Asiana crash relied on automatic equipment for airspeed

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The pilots aboard the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco relied on automatic equipment – an auto-throttle system – to maintain airspeed and did not realize the plane was flying too slowly until it was just 200 feet above the ground, the head of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

In her third detailed briefing on Saturday’s crash that killed two Chinese passengers and injured more than 180 other people, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman also said two flight attendants were ejected from the plane after its tail hit a seawall in front of the runway and was torn off. Both were found injured but alive on the side of the runway.

Jul 9, 2013

Asiana flight crew saw trouble at 500 feet, safety board says

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The pilot in charge of landing the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco tried to correct its course when he saw it was off center and too low as it approached the airport runway at an altitude of 500 feet, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday.

“At about 500 feet, he realized that they were low,” NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman told reporters, describing the failed last-second attempts to avoid Saturday’s disaster. “Between 500 and 200 feet, they had a lateral deviation and they were low. They were trying to correct at that point.”

Jul 9, 2013

Asiana Airlines CEO in San Francisco for crash probe

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Asiana Airlines Chief Executive Yoon Young-doo arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday to meet with U.S. investigators and survivors of the Saturday plane crash that killed two people and injured more than 180.

Yoon was mobbed by about 50 reporters in the arrivals hall at San Francisco International Airport and retreated back into the terminal, escorted by police, after saying a few words in Korean.

Jul 8, 2013

Crew tried to abort landing before San Francisco air crash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco’s airport on Saturday was traveling “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 on Sunday.

Information collected from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder indicated that there were no signs of trouble until seven seconds before impact, when the crew tried to accelerate, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference at the airport.

Jul 7, 2013

Investigators seek cause of deadly plane crash San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. officials examined flight information recorders and began investigating the crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that burst into flames upon landing in San Francisco, killing two teenaged Chinese students and injuring more than 180 people, officials said on Sunday.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of Saturday’s accident but Asiana said mechanical failure did not appear to be a factor. The airline declined to blame either the pilot or the San Francisco control tower.

Jul 4, 2013

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse, dies at 88

SAN FRANCISCO, July 3 (Reuters) – Douglas Engelbart, a
technologist who conceived of the computer mouse and laid out a
vision of an Internet decades before others brought those ideas
to the mass market, died on Tuesday night. He was 88.

His eldest daughter, Gerda, said by telephone that her
father died of was kidney failure.