Flight Tried to Abort Landing Seconds Before Crash

But cockpit voice recorder reveals nothing was obviously wrong before that

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 7, 2013 4:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – Some news from the cockpit voice recorder of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 is finally in: the jetliner tried to abort its landing and come around for another try 1.5 seconds before it crashed at San Francisco airport, says NTSB chief Deborah Hersman. There was also a call to increase airspeed roughly two seconds before impact. Before that, she says, there was no indication in the recordings that the aircraft was having any problems before it crashed yesterday, killing two passengers and injuring scores of others.

Investigators took the flight data recorder to DC overnight to begin examining its contents for clues to the last moments of the flight. They also plan to interview the pilots, the crew and passengers. Hersman says investigators are looking into what role the shutdown of a key navigational aid may have played in the crash. The glide slope—a ground-based aid that helps pilots stay on course while landing—had been shut down since June, though the pilots were sent a warning about it.

The wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 is seen after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
The wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 is seen after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee listens to speakers at a news conference after Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee listens to speakers at a news conference after Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)
The tail of Asiana Flight 214 is seen, right, after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
The tail of Asiana Flight 214 is seen, right, after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (Jeff Chiu)
Smokes rises from Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Smokes rises from Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (John Green)
This frame grab from video provided by KTVU shows the scene after an Asiana Airlines flight crashed while landing at San Francisco Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco.
This frame grab from video provided by KTVU shows the scene after an Asiana Airlines flight crashed while landing at San Francisco Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco.   (KTVU)
Fire crews respond to the scene where Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco.
Fire crews respond to the scene where Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco.   (Noah Berger)
This photo provided by Wei Yeh shows what a federal aviation official says was an Asiana Airlines flight crashing while landing at San Francisco airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013.
This photo provided by Wei Yeh shows what a federal aviation official says was an Asiana Airlines flight crashing while landing at San Francisco airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (Wei Yeh)
In this photo provided by Scott Sobczak, smoke rises from of Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
In this photo provided by Scott Sobczak, smoke rises from of Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (Scott Sobczak)
Smokes rises from Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Smokes rises from Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (John Green)
Fire crews work the crash site of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Fire crews work the crash site of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (John Green)
This frame grab from video provided by KTVU shows the scene after an Asiana Airlines flight crashed while landing at San Francisco Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco.
This frame grab from video provided by KTVU shows the scene after an Asiana Airlines flight crashed while landing at San Francisco Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco.   (KTVU)
Passengers from Asiana Flight 214 are treated at San Francisco General Hospital after the plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Passengers from Asiana Flight 214 are treated at San Francisco General Hospital after the plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (John Green)
Asiana Flight 214 passenger Veddpal Singh talks to reporters after the plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Asiana Flight 214 passenger Veddpal Singh talks to reporters after the plane crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (LiPo Ching)
Parents of Wang Linjia, center, are comforted by parents of some other students who were on the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport, at Jiangshan Middle School in Jiangshan city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Sunday July 7, 2013. Chinese state media have identified the...
Parents of Wang Linjia, center, are comforted by parents of some other students who were on the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport, at Jiangshan Middle School...   (Uncredited)
A fire truck sprays water on Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco.
A fire truck sprays water on Asiana Flight 214 after it crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in San Francisco.   (Noah Berger)
This photo provided by Antonette Edwards shows what a federal aviation official says was an Asiana Airlines flight crashing while landing at San Francisco airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013.
This photo provided by Antonette Edwards shows what a federal aviation official says was an Asiana Airlines flight crashing while landing at San Francisco airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013.   (Antonette Edwards)
This photo provided by Krista Seiden shows smoke rising from what a federal aviation official says was an Asiana Airlines flight crashing while landing at San Francisco airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013.
This photo provided by Krista Seiden shows smoke rising from what a federal aviation official says was an Asiana Airlines flight crashing while landing at San Francisco airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013....   (Krista Seiden)
David Johnson, FBI special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division, foreground, speaks in front of Mayor Ed Lee, from left, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, and Korean Consulate of San Francisco Dongman Han at a news conference after Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San...
David Johnson, FBI special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division, foreground, speaks in front of Mayor Ed Lee, from left, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, and Korean Consulate of San Francisco Dongman...   (Jeff Chiu)
Dr. Chris Barton, Chief of Emergency Services at San Francisco General Hospital, speaks to reporters about passengers from Asiana Flight 214 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Dr. Chris Barton, Chief of Emergency Services at San Francisco General Hospital, speaks to reporters about passengers from Asiana Flight 214 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport in San...   (John Green)
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