Asiana Pilot: Stressed and Concerned About Attempting Landing

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The pilot whose Boeing 777 crashed last summer at the San Francisco airport told investigators he was "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach without the runway's instrument landing aids, which were out of service because of construction.

An investigative report released Wednesday says 46-year-old Asiana pilot Lee Kang Kuk was landing the big jet for his first time at San Francisco. The National Transportation Safety Board says the jet crash-landed after approaching too low and slow. Three people were killed and more than 200 were injured in the crash.

The investigative report was released at the start of a daylong NTSB hearing.

Though Lee was an experienced pilot with the Korea-based airline, he was a trainee captain in the 777, with less than 45 hours in the jet.


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