UPDATE: Asiana Pilot No Experience Landing at San Francisco Airport

July 8, 2013

(AP) - Asiana Airlines says the pilot in control of the Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco had little experience flying that type of plane and was landing one for the first time at that airport.

Asiana spokeswoman Lee Hyomin said Monday that Lee Gang-guk was trying to get used to the 777 during Saturday's crash landing. She says the pilot had nearly 10,000 hours flying other planes but had only 43 hours on the 777.

Accident investigators are trying to determine whether pilot error, mechanical problems or something else was to blame for the crash.

The head of the National Transportation Safety Board said earlier that the pilots were flying too slowly as they approached the airport and tried to abort the landing but crashed barely a second later.

The two Chinese teenagers killed in the crash were among about 60 students who excelled in areas from physics to calligraphy at home, and were headed to California for a newbie's introduction to America and its universities. AP photos.

July 7, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal safety official says the cockpit voice recorder from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 showed the jetliner tried to abort its landing and come around for another try 1.5 seconds before it crashed at San Francisco airport.

National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman says at a news conference Sunday the recorder also showed there was a call to increase airspeed roughly two seconds before impact.

Before that, she says, there was no indication in the recordings that the aircraft was having any problems.

The jetliner carrying 307 people crashed Saturday, killing two passengers and injuring dozens of other people.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A man who walked out of the back of the jetliner that crashed in San Francisco says he saw the runway from a gaping hole in the back of the plane where the aircraft's kitchen used to be.

Shi Da, a product manager at an Internet company, says he, his wife and teenage son were sitting near the back of Asiana Airlines Flight 241 when it crashed while landing Saturday. The family escaped with cuts and neck and back pain.

Through the dust Da says he could see the ground through the plane's missing tail and galley. He led his family through the hole and they spent the next half-hour on the tarmac watching the plane burn.

Da says he feels lucky they were sitting where they were.

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