Tags: boeing | 777 | airspeed | warnings

Boeing 777 Planes Should Have Airspeed Warnings, Asiana Airlines Says

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 11:52 AM

By Michael Mullins

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport last July and killed three people was being flown by pilots who failed to maintain a safe airspeed upon their descent to the airstrip, Asiana Airlines admitted in a regulatory filing released by the National Transportation Safety Board on Monday.

The pilots of the twin-engine jet airliner, which was traveling from Seoul, South Korea, to San Francisco and carrying 291 passengers at the time of the crash, had apparently decelerated and struck a seawall as it neared the airport, Asiana Airlines acknowledged in the filing, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"Given the pilots' experience and training, there are no obvious explanations for why they did not recognize the deteriorating airspeed and abandon the approach sooner," the airline said in its submission to the NTSB.

While acknowledging responsibility for the crash, Asiana Airlines also recommended that Boeing should add cockpit warnings for its 777 jets that would warn pilots in the future if their speed was too fast or too slow for the descent, Bloomberg News reported.

The Boeing recommendation was however seen by some as an attempt to shift blame from the pilots to the airplane maker.

"A pilot has certain responsibilities, and one of the most primary is maintaining a safe airspeed and altitude at all times," Barry Schiff, a Camarillo aviation safety expert with 34 years as an airliner captain, told the San Jose Mercury News. "He may use automation to assist him, but it's his responsibility to ensure that technology is not leading him astray and is doing what he wants it to do."

In a 2011 report to the NTSB, Boeing addressed the issue telling the agency that its jets have "clear indicators built into the auto-flight system that make it easy for the crew to always be aware of their situation," Bloomberg News reported.

"The entire crew always has the responsibility to monitor course, path, and airspeed, and to intervene if the auto-flight system is not performing as expected," Boeing added.

Of the 291 passengers onboard the Boeing 777 at the time of the crash there were 61 Americans, 77 Koreans, 141 Chinese, and one Japanese citizen, according to Asiana Airlines.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved