South Korea's Asiana Airlines says pilot error 'probable cause' of US crash
Published on Apr 1, 2014 11:45 AM
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's Asiana Airlines admitted for the first time on Tuesday that pilot error was the "probable cause" of last year's San Francisco crash in which three people died.
However, in a press statement, the airline cited other contributing factors including technical issues with the plane's auto-throttle system.
As it came into land after an otherwise routine flight from Seoul to San Francisco on July 6, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 clipped a seawall with its landing gear, skidded off the runway and burst into flames.
"The probable cause of this accident was the flight crew's failure to monitor and maintain a minimum safe airspeed during a final approach," the Asiana statement said.
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