NTSB: No Problems With Asiana 777 Flight Controls
The pilots aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214 called twice for a go-around, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman said in a news briefing on Thursday. The cockpit voice recorder shows the first call was three seconds before the crash and the second, from a different pilot, was 1.5 seconds later, she said. Investigators have found no anomalies in the autopilot, auto-throttle or flight director systems in the 777, she said. Also, the pilot at the controls said that at about 500 feet altitude, he briefly saw a bright light "that could have been a reflection of the sun," but he said it didn't affect his vision or his ability to fly the airplane. Hersman said it was not a laser. All debris has been cleared from the runway, which is expected to reopen by Monday.
Thursday's news briefing was the last one to be held in San Francisco, although on-scene investigative work will continue, the NTSB said. Video of the briefing will be posted on the NTSB website when it becomes available, probably by Friday morning. Further updates will be provided from NTSB headquarters in Washington.