Asiana 214 Pilots Determined at Fault for SFO Crash
The pilots of Asiana flight 214, a Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport last year, were found to be at fault for the accident in the final report by the NTSB.
The NTSB reports that the pilots executed the approach to runway 28L incorrectly and that the complex autopilot systems on the 777 were not utilized properly.
In a video animation published by the NTSB, flight 214 can be seen approaching SFO well above the glide slope. As the pilot flying adjusts the vertical speed to bring the plane to the correct glide slope, he makes a number of critical errors, including accidentally commanding the aircraft to climb via the autopilot.
After disconnecting the autopilot to cancel the climb, the pilot fails to realize that the autothrottle was not set up to maintain thrust, or that the thrust levers were at idle.
These factors led to the 777 approaching the runway at far too low an airspeed. At the last second, the pilot attempts a go-around by throttling up, but the plane was too slow and too low and crashed into the seawall at the end of runway 28L.
The crash killed 3 people and injured 187 more.