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Korean Pilots Protest NTSB Handling Of Asiana Investigation

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Photo: Ben Wang

Photo: Ben Wang

Planespotter Ben Wang (Flickr) got this image of Asiana Flight 214 landing two days after its sister ship Boeing 777 crashed on landing at SFO. Wang shot the picture from more than a mile away in a park across the bay from the airport. He used a 400 mm lens. Click for full size.

The unions representing the pilots aboard Asiana Airlines Flight 214 say the NTSB's handling of the accident investigation could skew the results and affect the finding of cause. The Asiana Pilots Association and the Airline Pilots Association of Korea say they're concerned the outcome won't accurately reflect the myriad factors that are associated with aviation accidents because the NTSB's public posture has given more weight to the possibility of pilot error. "[We] have conveyed our concerns about the possibility of inaccurately identifying the cause of the accident, due to NTSB's press conferences which only give prominence to the possibility of a pilot error and unprecedented speed in disclosure of related materials to the public," the unions said in a statement. The NTSB released information gleaned from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders the day after the Asiana Boeing 777 crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport on July 6. Meanwhile the inevitable legal tangle got more complex with the coroner's finding that one of the 16-year-old girls who died was alive when she was hit by a fire truck.

Ye Meng Yuan died from injuries consistent with being run over by a vehicle, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucralt told a news conference Friday. Another girl, 16-year-old Wang Linjia, also died in the crash and 15-year-old Liu Yipeng died at a hospital July 12. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said Ye may have been hit by two fire trucks and said the girl was lying on the runway when she was struck. Her body was found covered in firefighting foam. The families of all three girls have hired lawyers. The three were among a group of 34 students traveling to the U.S. to attend summer classes in California.

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