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Pilots lacked automation understanding in Asiana crash, says expert

Published on Jun 24, 2014 10:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The pilots of a South Korean airliner that crashed in San Francisco last year depended too much on automated systems they didn't understand, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Tuesday.

Acting NTSB chairman Christopher Hart made the statement at the start of a day-long hearing to establish the probable cause of the Asiana crash that left three dead and 187 injured.

"The Boeing 777 is one of the more sophisticated and automated aircraft in service," said Mr Hart in his opening remarks.

"But the more complex automation becomes, the more challenging it is to ensure that pilots adequately understand it," he said.

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