Skip to comments.Asiana says pilot of crashed plane was in training
Posted on 07/07/2013 8:19:47 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Asiana Airlines Inc said the pilot in charge of landing the Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco's airport on Saturday was training for the long-range plane and that it was his first flight to the airport with the jet.
"It was Lee Kang-kook's maiden flight to the airport with the jet... He was in training. Even a veteran gets training (for a new jet)," a spokeswoman for Asiana Airlines said on Monday.
"He has a lot of experience and previously flown to San Francisco on different planes including the B747... and he was assisted by another pilot who has more experience with the 777," the spokeswoman said.
Lee, who started his career at Asiana as an intern in 1994, has 9,793 hours of flying experience, but only 43 hours with the Boeing 777 jet.
Co-pilot Lee Jeong-min, who has 3,220 hours of flying experience with the Boeing 777 and a total of 12,387 hours of flying experience, was helping Lee Kang-kook in the landing, the spokeswoman said.
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It will take 18 months to conclude pilot error.
Thank you. I'll make sure the proper authorities follow this recommendation.
Why did they release the pilot’s name? Good grief.
Wasn’t the chief pilot monitoring his approach? When all the system alarms was telling him he’s too low and too slow why didn’t the chief pilot take over? You don’t do a check ride with a full load of passengers.
I suspected as much, as this seems like a very basic pilot error. Now the question is how well were the pilots trained at that airline? Do they really know how to fly an airplane, or are they taught to enter numbers into a flight computer?
on first trips in a new bus they hardly know how to drive. yupo
. 777 appears to be nothing but a big BUS with a couple bus drivers- ,
That`s why they call these jumbos AIRBUS
It would appear that the trial lawyers have not yet instilled in South Korea the proper fear of truthful statements. I am certain they will learn.
Guess he failed the final exam.....?
I see a lot of mindless speculation and jumping to conclusions on this thread.
Every pilot has a first time for landing at ANY airport.
Everyone, including FReepers, should calm down until an official investigation is complete. Remember, news reports are, more often then not, full of inaccuracies or total misinformation.
Remember the old adage “Better to be thought a fool, then to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.
Perhaps you should repeat here what you know about this airline’s reputation.
CNN has a bit more info:
“The pilot, Lee Kang-gook, had flown from Seoul to the city several times between 1999 and 2004, the airline said.”
In other words he had not flown to SF for the past 10 years and didn’t have experience with a Boeing 777 (just 43 hrs). It turned out to be a lethal combination.
If they were both Captain Lee perhaps they confused themselves.
“Perhaps you should repeat here what you know about this airlines reputation.”
One can go to Skytrax for the ratings of all airlines in the world. Asiana is one of only seven airlines with five stars.
By the way, NO American carrier rates above three stars.
Pilots with gray hair or no hair are very preferable when you happen to be a passenger.
Actually this goes the same for many professions...
Not so sure they aren’t doing the right thing, being up front with information that will come out in the investigation anyway. Tell the truth and tell it early, I have great sympathy for the passengers and the families of those who died, but it is refreshing for a company to be honest and forthright from the beginning.
Well, based on evidence so far, including physical, debris trails, impact marks, witness statements and video, it appears this pilot and those in the cockpit, totally screwed up...
Too slow, too low, and way too short.
Pilots gotta train!
I feel sorry for the guy.
I wonder what was up with the co-pilot??
(is his responsibility, with a trainee)
Hard to Lee!
I hope neither of the pilots was named Roger!