Asiana Investigation Continues To Focus On Crew


The instructor pilot in the cockpit of the Asiana 777 that crashed in San Francisco on Saturday was acting as an instructor in a 777 for the first time, the NTSB said in a news conference on Tuesday. The captain at the controls, it was previously reported, was flying his first approach in the 777 into SFO. A third pilot was also in the cockpit, said NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman, and the fourth was in the cabin, at the time of the accident. All four pilots have been interviewed by NTSB investigators, and all were “very cooperative and very forthright with our team,” said Hersman. As of Tuesday, 26 passengers remained in the hospital, including six listed in critical condition.

Hersman also said on Tuesday that initial crew interviews and reviews of flight data don’t appear to show any problems with the 777 before the crash. She also responded, on CNN, to complaints from the Air Line Pilots Association about the release of information from the investigation. “We believe that it is always better to put out the correct information and factual information so that bad information is not able to propagate,” she said. ALPA released another statement on Tuesday calling the NTSB’s release of data “ill-advised.” ALPA added that questions need to be raised about why the ILS was out of service at SFO, and what other navigation aids the crew may have had access to or may have been using. The NTSB has posted video of its news conferences as well as video from the accident scene at its YouTube page. ALPA’s statements are posted at their website.