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Landing SFO 28R - Thanks - NB: Asiana was on 28L(eft)... | 118 comments | Create New Account
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Landing SFO 28R
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 07 2013 @ 10:07 PM EDT
Wow! Thanks.

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Asiana Flight 214 - It was pilot error - (my opinion only)
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 07 2013 @ 11:03 PM EDT

Like everybody else, I have read every detail available in order to speculate on what happened. The final piece of information just clicked into place for me: CNN is reporting that the pilot only had 43 hours experience on the Boeing 777. He was in training for flying that model of jet, and that this was his first flight into San Francisco at the controls of a 777.

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Landing SFO 28R - Thanks - NB: Asiana was on 28L(eft)...
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 08 2013 @ 03:23 AM EDT

Thanks for the link to the YouTube video. SFO is a neat airport with some quirks due to geography (San Bruno Mtn., 1319 ft./ 402 m, is just right of the 28's), weather (fog and rain), and runway spacing. I know it fairly well due to living in San Bruno for several years and regular transits of groundside to get to the airport's post office on West Field Road.

"San Francisco International Airport"  (Wikipedia article, includes airport diagram)

NB - The crash was on 28L (left runway, pronounced 'Lima' per ICAO, 280 degrees nominal direction, 282+ degrees actual). This will require that the runway be kept out of service while the NTSB documents the debris field, gathers up the pieces, and documents what's under the fuselage. The airport is barred from repairing / cleaning the runway until the NTSB releases it. There may be an underwater component to the retrieval effort which might delay the release.

This will be followed by months of analysis of the wrecked aircraft and its approach to SFO. They will be determining the cause or causes of the crash and assessing the post-crash events for possible improvements.

The crash will reduce the capacity of SFO due to having only one main landing runway - 28R (right, pronounced 'Romeo'). Part of the SOP involves increasing the spacing between aircraft to keep an acceptable safety margin. Air controllers (TRACON and tower) and pilots are used to this at SFO due to similar procedures for landing in rain and fog.

SFGate.com, San Francisco Chronicle's free site :
"SF plane crash: Crew tried to abort landing"  (7 July 2013, includes photos + videos)
"NTSB photos from inside the San Francisco plane crash"  (7 July 2013, nine [9] photos)
"SF plane crash: NTSB probe will take months"  (7 July 2013, one photo - data recorders from the 777 per the caption)

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