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Rescuer Who Hit Asiana Flier Was Told 'There's a Body'

Video: Emergency workers discussed Asiana victim Ye Meng Yuan

(Newser) - Video obtained this week by CBS News and released for the first time shows that Ye Meng Yuan, the 16-year-old who survived the Asiana Airlines crash landing in San Francisco only to be run over and killed by a fire truck, was in fact spotted by rescuers before she was... More »

Pilots Have Become Too Reliant on Computers

Robert Mark: Asiana crash proves the point

(Newser) - Computers do pretty much everything these days when it comes to flying planes, all but reducing the role of airline pilot to "systems monitor," writes Robert Mark at CNN . This is a dangerous trend, he argues, as this week's public hearings into the July crash of an... More »

Asiana Victim Killed by Vehicle, Not Crash

Coroner confirms she was alive when run over

(Newser) - A California coroner has confirmed the wrenching truth: One of the teen victims of the Asiana Airlines crash was killed not by the crash but by an emergency vehicle. The San Mateo coroner concluded that 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan of China was alive when she was run over by the... More »

Here Come the Asiana Airlines Lawsuits

As passengers sue, airline drops own plans to sue TV station

(Newser) - A pair of passengers are launching what appears to be the first lawsuit against Asiana Airlines after the crash of its Flight 214. In a strongly worded complaint, the plaintiffs cite "extreme and catastrophic injuries and emotional distress" resulting from the flight crew's "woeful violation of numerous... More »

Korean Pilots Rely on Autopilot: Aviators

They're not trained much on manual flying, pilots say

(Newser) - A potentially telling revelation in the wake of the Asiana Airlines crash landing at the San Francisco airport: Asiana pilots have little training on manual flying and visual approaches, according to three pilots Bloomberg spoke to who have either flown for Asiana or helped train Korean crews. One of the... More »

Airline Might Sue TV Station Over Prank Names

Asiana considers legal action against NTSB, too

(Newser) - Asiana Airlines might someday be defending itself in court in the wake of the fatal San Francisco crash, but its lawyers are playing offense, too. The airline says it might sue KTVU after the TV station got pranked and aired fake pilot names that were actually crude racial jokes such... More »

NTSB: Asiana Crash Looking Like Pilot Error

Top concern is slow speed during descent; still no sign of mechanical failure

(Newser) - The continuing investigation into the crash of an Asiana Airlines plane still hasn't spotted any mechanical trouble—meaning it's likely that pilot mistakes were to blame for the disaster, Sky News reports. National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman offered new information about investigators' findings, with concern centered... More »

Asiana Pilot: Light Blinded Me at 500 Feet

Investigators unsure of its source

(Newser) - Clues to what may have caused the Asiana Airlines crash this weekend continue to emerge . The latest: The plane's pilot said that while flying at 500 feet, he was blinded by light, investigators say. "It was a temporary issue," says National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman,... More »

2 Flight Attendants Were Thrown From Plane, Survived

Crew says it was relying on automated cockpit equipment for speed

(Newser) - An amazing detail emerged today from the NTSB about the Asiana Airlines crash over the weekend: Two female flight attendants working in the rear of the plane weren't in their seats when it slammed into a seawall, and both were ejected upon impact, reports NBC News . "They were... More »

You Are Not Going to Die In a Plane Crash, Period

San Francisco crash only underscores how rare airline fatalities are

(Newser) - Statistically speaking, you are not going to die in a plane crash. "People are understandably troubled by the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214," management science and statistics professor Arnold Barnett writes at CNN , and it is tragic that two teens died. But "it is remarkable that... More »

Pilot, Co-Pilot Didn't Talk About Unfolding SF Disaster

Cockpit voice recordings show no communication until seconds before crash

(Newser) - As Asiana Airlines Flight 214 descended toward San Francisco International Airport— too low , too slow , and with a pilot who had never landed a Boeing 777 at the tricky airport before—cockpit voice recordings show that pilot Lee Hang-kook and the co-pilot supervising him, who was more experienced, did not... More »

Seat Belts, Safety Changes Saved Lives in SF Crash

But many survivors suffered spinal injuries

(Newser) - If Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco had happened 25 years ago—or if passengers hadn't been wearing seat belts—the death toll would have been a lot higher than two out of the 307 passengers and crew, experts say. FAA mandates in the late 1980s forced manufacturers... More »

Pilots: SF Airport Was a Crash Waiting to Happen

Landing system had been down for weeks

(Newser) - "It was only a matter of time before something like this happened." That's one pilot's take on the headline-grabbing Asiana Airlines crash that left two people dead and 182 injured. The San Francisco International Airport was primed for disaster, pilots tell Der Spiegel , because a landing... More »

'Hero' Crew Member: SF Evacuation Began Badly

Slides inflated inside, pinning flight attendants down

(Newser) - A 20-year Asiana veteran is the first crew member of the doomed Flight 214 to speak, and according to Lee Yoon-hye, the evacuation did not begin smoothly. But first came the hard landing, which the cabin manager describes as "a bang ... afterward, there was another shock and the plane... More »

Pilot in SF Crash Was Still Training

It was his first attempt to land 777 at SFO

(Newser) - The pilot in Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco was a veteran with almost 10,000 hours of flying experience—but just 43 of them were in a Boeing 777 and the disaster that killed two people and injured 182 others was his first attempt to land that type... More »

Did Emergency Vehicle Kill SF Crash Victim?

Investigators suspect teen victim was run over

(Newser) - Investigators fear that one of the two teenage girls from China killed in Saturday's San Francisco plane crash may have survived the impact only to be fatally run over by a fire rig, reports Reuters . The 16-year-old did not suffer extensive burns but has injuries consistent with being run... More »

2 Left Paralyzed in SF Plane Crash

19 still at SF General Hospital, 6 in critical condition

(Newser) - Two passengers have been left paralyzed in the San Francisco plane crash , which also killed two others—now identified as Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, both 16-year-old girls from China . Nineteen victims of the crash remain at San Francisco General Hospital, six of them in critical condition, says Chief of... More »

SF Crash Passengers: Plane Was Dangerously Low

NTSB recovered flight recorders; Facebook honcho was supposed to be aboard

(Newser) - Asiana Airlines Flight 214 swept in to land at San Francisco's airport at such a dangerously low altitude that passengers could see the ocean 10 feet below them. "I don't see any runway, I just see water," one tells CNN . Seconds later, the plane plowed into... More »

2 Dead in San Francisco Plane Crash

2 fatalities, 181 hospitalized

(Newser) - Two people have died and 181 have been hospitalized in a plane crash at San Francisco Airport today. One of the 291 passengers and 16 crew members who was on board Asiana Airlines flight 214 remains unaccounted for, reports CBS . Some 49 people are in critical condition, reports CNN , with... More »

Oops: S. Korea Fires at Passenger Jet

Mistakes Asiana Air plane for N. Korean military plane, misses completely

(Newser) - In a sign of how twitchy things are getting on the Korean border, South Korean troops yesterday fired at a commercial plane carrying 119 people, mistaking the Asiana Airlines jet for one belonging to North Korea's military. Fortunately, they missed entirely and the plane landed without incident. "The... More »

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