Asiana Crash Brings Questions on Pilots' Reliance on Automation
An Asiana Airlines jet crash in San Francisco left investigators focused on whether or not pilots have become too reliant on automation to fly commercial planes. The pilot, who was highly experienced in flying a Boeing 747 but was transitioning to flying a 777, said he was "very concerned" about landing when the airport navigation system was out of order due to runway safety improvements. The safety board revealed that the July 6 crash killed three people and injured more than 180 others after striking a sea wall and breaking apart on the runway. Investigators have also focused on the pilot's misunderstanding of the plane's auto-thrust system, which controls aircraft power and was essential in the landing process.
By Jordan Moses
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