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Investigating the Crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214

Investigating the Crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214

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learningenglish.voanews.com | Voice of America | July 13, 2013
From VOA Learning English, this is In the News.American investigators this week examined wreckage from theAsiana Airlines passenger jet that crashed last Saturday at SanFrancisco airport. Officials say two kinds of equipment, theautopilot and auto-throttle, did not appear to have failed.American and South Korean officials are working together on theinvestigation. Asiana is Korea's second largest airline after KoreanAir.Asiana Flight 214 was carrying more than 300 people from Seoulto the United States. They included 141 Chinese, 77 Koreans and61 Americans.
 
Two passengers died after the crash. More than180 people were taken to California hospitals for treatment. Theywere injured when the airplane, a Boeing 777, crash-landed.
 
Information from the plane's flight data recorder shows that theaircraft was traveling too slowly as it came in for a landing. Thelanding gear struck a seawall at the end of the airport runway,causing the tail end of the plane to break off.Investigators are also attempting to understand events that led toa 90 second delay in the order for everyone to leave the airplane.The chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board,Deborah Hersman, met with reporters Thursday in San Francisco.She said her investigators had questioned six of the 12 flight
 
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learningenglish.voanews.com | Voice of America | July 13, 2013
attendants. The other six remained hospitalized.Ms. Hersman said investigators would talk with all the flight crewmembers as they try to learn about the performance of the
plane’s
safety equipment. Two flight crew members were injuredwhen emergency escape equipment inflated inside the airplane.The equipment is supposed to open up outside the plane sopassengers can slide to the ground. The air safety official said themanufacturer of the device had offered to cooperate in theinvestigation.At an earlier press conference, the NTSB chairwoman said thepilot at the controls was only about halfway through his trainingon the Boeing 777.But the head of Asiana Airlines rejected suggestions that the pilotand his co-pilot trainer lacked experience.Speaking at his company's headquarters in Seoul, Asiana Airlinespresident Yoon Young-doo defended the pilots' training.

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