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Asiana pilot says saw flash of light during landing
Politico ^ | 7/10/13 7:13 PM EDT | KEVIN ROBILLARD |

Posted on 07/10/2013 4:38:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin

The pilot at the helm of the Asiana Airlines flight told investigators he saw a flash of light while trying to land the plane and was temporarily blinded, National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Debbie Hersman said on Wednesday

“We really don’t know what it could’ve been,” Hersman said when asked if the flash could’ve been a laser of some type.

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1 posted on 07/10/2013 4:38:16 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

He probably thought he was going to die.


2 posted on 07/10/2013 4:39:02 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin
I KNOW WHAT IT WAS...PICK ME...PICK ME

It was his career blowing up in his face.

3 posted on 07/10/2013 4:40:46 PM PDT by diogenes ghost
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To: BenLurkin

So this flash of light somehow altered his approach profile?


4 posted on 07/10/2013 4:42:23 PM PDT by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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To: BenLurkin

It doesn’t appear that they knew they were in trouble till it was already too late. I doubt a flash of light would have made much difference a few seconds out.


5 posted on 07/10/2013 4:42:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: diogenes ghost

It blowed up real good.


6 posted on 07/10/2013 4:44:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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He should have pulled out sooner in that case and the copilot should have taken over. It could have been taliban, alkiada...
7 posted on 07/10/2013 4:46:50 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: BenLurkin

It’s possible someone was pointing a laser at the plane. If true, it would be interesting to see if a careful examination of surveillance video sheds any light on the identity of the culprit.


8 posted on 07/10/2013 4:46:52 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: BenLurkin
bull-pucky !

9 posted on 07/10/2013 4:48:13 PM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: mountainlion

Michigan Militia did it!


10 posted on 07/10/2013 4:48:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

I’m not buying it unless what was said on the cockpit recorder somehow verifies it.


11 posted on 07/10/2013 4:49:03 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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I will no longer believe any stories of lasers causing airplane crashes after watching the Egyptian footage of helicopters circling the crowds. Those helicopters looked like they were painted green and red from all the hundreds of lasers on them, and the pilots cruised around without a care.


12 posted on 07/10/2013 4:49:47 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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LOL good point. The choppers looked like they were lit up with strobe lights.


13 posted on 07/10/2013 4:51:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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[I’m not buying it unless what was said on the cockpit recorder somehow verifies it.]

Right. What was the altitude and speed of the plane when this flash occurred?


14 posted on 07/10/2013 4:54:03 PM PDT by Islander2
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To: BenLurkin
unless he saw sunlight bouncing off the water cause he was short... cBS!!!
15 posted on 07/10/2013 4:55:40 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: teletech

Exactly. How did a flash change his speed and approach.


16 posted on 07/10/2013 4:57:38 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: BenLurkin
I doubt that it was a laser. He's well over the Bay at that point, and coming in at 280 degrees at 12:00PM, when the sun is straight overhead.

Unless someone was on the tarmac pointing a laser at the plane, or someone in a car on the San Mateo Bridge, or someone was on a boat in the water between the plane and the runway, I doubt it's possible to flash the pilot at that point in the approach.

BTW, there are always windsurfers in the Bay off of the runway who are riding the wake from the planes.

-PJ

17 posted on 07/10/2013 4:57:48 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: BenLurkin

The sun, while the plane was cartwheeling?


18 posted on 07/10/2013 4:59:54 PM PDT by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: BenLurkin

I read today that one of the relief pilots said the nose was so high that the runway couldn’t be seen by the crew. So did this so-called flash of light come from the sky?


19 posted on 07/10/2013 5:01:56 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: BenLurkin

Well this proves that it wasn’t mechanical error. The pilots wouldn’t be making such trasnparent claims otherwise.


20 posted on 07/10/2013 5:06:26 PM PDT by skeeter
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