The investigations leading to the the Asiana plane crash in San Francisco is somehow pointing to a pilot error. The pilot who handled the flight carrier’s Boeing 777 has more than enough flying experience with a 747 but not with a 777 jet and is considered to be “in training” according to reports.
Flight 214 originated from Shanghai (China) carrying 307 people (291 passengers and 16 flight crew). Two were killed while 168 passengers were injured and several of them in critical condition. 123 people were miraculously unharmed.
The plane was believed to be running below recommended speed as it approached the runway. Pilots were advised to abort the landing procedure a few seconds before the crash.
Lee Kang-Kuk (Asiana pilot) had 43 hours of piloting experience with a 777 and was assisted by a Senior-pilot Lee Jung-min.
Would the disaster be averted if a more experienced pilot flew flight 214? Why did Asiana allowed a trainee to handle one of their planes on an actual commercial flight?
In general, trainees are not sent to do a big job and instead are sent in to observe and take part in minor tasks so as to improve their knowledge on their future jobs. In a way avoiding possible disasters in the work environment. More likely, trainees are not advised to handle jobs that are too big for them that even a small margin for error is not allowed.
The Boeing 777 jets are the newest commercial twinjet wide-bodied planes that are believed to be safe and equipped with the latest and advanced technology in flight navigation. They are slightly smaller than a 747 jet and considered to be good for long-hour continental flights.