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NTSB Blames Pilots, Automated Systems For Asiana Crash

The National Transportaion Safety Board concluded confusion over the plane\'s technology likely lead to the crash that killed three.
Posted at 7:01 PM, Jun 24, 2014

​The National Transportation Safety Board says pilots involved in the Asiana Airlines 214 crash last year relied too heavily on automated systems.

"The pilots were unclear on if one of the plane's key controls, the auto-throttle, was maintaining adequate speed. The NTSB also faulted the complexity of that device." (Via KPIX

Though NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt, a former pilot, believes it wasn't just an issue of pilot skills. He said Tuesday, (Via KNVN)

"I personally don't believe this is a case of crew competency. ... It was not just this pilot who misunderstood. I think this problem is a lot more widespread than we may have thought."​ (Via USA Today

The Boeing 777 crash at San Francisco International Airport killed three and injured 187 of the 307 people aboard the flight. Investigators say the plane flew too slow and too low to the ground before crashing. (Via CBS

"Three veteran pilots were in the cockpit, but investigators say they failed to maintain the plane's airspeed and waited too long before trying to abort the landing. The NTSB offered more than two dozen safety recommendations." (Via KOVR)

One of those deceased passengers reportedly died after being run over by emergency responders. The NTSB also suggested more training for rescuers dealing with plane crashes.