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Asiana Flight 214 - It was pilot error - (my opinion only) | 118 comments | Create New Account
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Asiana Flight 214 - It was pilot error - (my opinion only)
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 09 2013 @ 05:46 AM EDT
Undoubtedly true, but we can't lay the blame for the approach system being down at the airline management's feet.

Perhaps we can criticise for not allowing for the possibility but that's it.

Also the SFO authorities should be able to assume that a pilot-in-command had a reasonable level of experience on type.

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Asiana Flight 214 - It was pilot error - (my opinion only)
Authored by: Steve Martin on Tuesday, July 09 2013 @ 06:41 AM EDT

Perhaps I'm being a bit naive, but as a pilot myself, I can't help but wonder whether the aircraft in question was equipped with a regular old barometric-type altimeter. If so, it would have given a "correct" (as correct as those normally are) indication whether the pilot was over runway, water, or irregular terrain.

As for altimeter indications on final, I've done one or two landings at a nearby airport that is situated on the bank of a river, and have done VFR approaches over the river, and I can honestly say that, once established on final approach, I always looked at the runway first, altimeter second.

I know nothing about flying one of the big boats, though, and know no NTSB-released official details of the cause of the accident, so I won't presume to second-guess the pilot of this flight.

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