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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
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)

(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.

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RidersOnTheStorm
Jul 8, 2013 4:21 AM CDT
too low.......... too slow............. too late
boxcar
Jul 8, 2013 12:36 AM CDT
As a pilot I'm aware that the most dangerous times in flying are on take offs and landings when most aircraft accidents happen- On landing, the pilot is attempting to convert the aircraft from a flying mode into a taxi mode Many things can go wrong in the final few seconds of "Flaring Out" when the aircraft is w/in One Wing Span of the ground- As you're slowing down to land, you walk a delicate balance between DRAG and LIFT to maintain control of the aircraft just before you "Flare Out" (where you release all pretense of trying to fly, so the aircraft will SETTLE onto the ground.) IF you try to maneuver the aircraft (Roll, Pitch or Yaw) during this critical stage of landing, you'll have to deal with DRAG vs LIFT and IF there are wind gusts or cross winds to deal with things can get pretty dicy- For instance IF you're hit by a side GUST of wind, the natural instinct of a driver is to steer into the side wind. Try this in an aircraft and you'll lose LIFT on the wing opposite the wind gust and plane ROLLS Pitch the nose up (to fly onto the runway) w/o adding power and the plane settles tail first onto the runway QED
rickydarlin
Jul 7, 2013 9:47 PM CDT
how about applying a little power..what was he doing with his right hand ?