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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“has 9,793 hours of flying experience, but only 43 hours with the Boeing 777 jet”
Asiana is about to meet many US ambulance-chasing attorney’s.
Korea will likely invoke the Montreal Treaty on all non-Koreans aboard.
Someone posted on another crash thread yesterday that he is a 777 pilot who flies out of SFO.
He said that asian pilots [due to their culture] give tremendous defference to the pilot in command - even when they see things going wrong.
Something about respecting authority ...
“Jeez!Admitting guilt unheard of. Well their goes another airline.”
If it were a U.S. Airline, then likely yes, the attorneys would be having a field day.
But this isn’t a U.S. Airline, so the Montreal Treaty applies here.
“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.”
As I stated earlier, the Montreal Treaty will apply here, if Korea/Asiana choose to invoke it.
My gut tells me that "pilot error" will not be the final conclusion. I'm going with some kind of equipment failure.
I don't thinks so...I didn't hear that and in fact if they were having issues with the aircraft a full minute or two prior to landing, there would have been much more radio chatter from those in the cockpit to ATC. They would have made this very clear to the tower, since landing is critical, as opposed to cruising at altitude.
Very unlikely as we’ve already heard tidbits from the NTSB that indicate the plane performed normally.
“National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said Sunday that it was too early to say whether pilot error or mechanical failure were to blame.
But she said there was no evidence of problems with the flight or the landing until 7 seconds before impact, when the crew tried to increase the plane’s speed and the plane responded normally. The control tower was not alerted to any plane issues.”
Yahoo news report.
I think not all Asians only Koreans. Watch this one!
I'm hearing that it was down because of construction and/or maintenance.
When an airline spokes person said there were 3 pilots in the cockpit with over 10,000 hrs between them and one had over 9,000 hrs that was a red flag as in 1 was very experienced and the other 2 were relative rookies.
There is a pretty good break down of the situation on Ticker Forum by a user Eleua.He appears to be a pilot of B-767-300s and knows SFO quirks.
The post is about half way down the page.
In training? Most likely he was in training to learn the English Language to fly the plane & take directions in English from ground control. There are 6 levels to English language proficiency for pilots to master. He must have been at the lower end of the 6scale. This has been an ongoing problem w/Korean pilots whether it be Asiana or Korean Air
I just watched an episode of “Running Man” where a lot of the show took place at an Asiana Airline training facility. wierd
I hope that was a FAIL
This deference to the chain of command resulted in several Korean Air Lines crashes ~15 years ago. As most of KAL’s pilots came up through the military, KAL identified the problem but was unable to wash it out of them.
In desperation, KAL brought in some round-eye pilots and safety men who did succeed in changing this mind set. KAL has since enjoyed a much improved safety record
Koreans show respect to elders. Having a younger trainer could very well have been a big problem. Now they could spend years in shame- being chased out of shops by salt throwing ahjummas.
Park Kim annd Lee make up something like 40 percent of the names. Rest assured they more likely used titles.
Don’t they normally put big “student driver” signs on the vehicle???
Actually KAL has worst record, second from Aeroplot. Now that there’s 2nd nation’s international airline it will share the same pilot-in-command “supremo-macho” mindset.
I think it’s an even higher percentage than that.