Did On-Going Construction at SanFrancisco Airport Play a Role in the Deadly Crash?

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On July 6, 2013, a clear Saturday morning, Asiana Airlines flight 214 touched down hundreds of feet before the beginning of the runway at San Fransisco International Airport and began trailing smoke. Flying out of Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan and stopping in Seoul, the Boeing 777 was carrying 307 passengers, and 4 very experienced South Korean pilots. Among the passengers were 16-year-olds Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both of whom were killed in the ensuing fiery crash.
Among the eyewitnesses were some commercial pilots, who stated that the plane landed unusually hard and short, and other witnesses saw the wheels of the plane give off plumes of smoke, before Flight 214 spun around the strip and burst into flames. Passengers could be seen jumping out of emergency exits to the tarmac. 182 people were sent to hospitals, including 50 in critical condition. Various sources say it is “lucky” that so many people survived. According to the CEO and President of Asiana Airlines, Yoon Young-Doo, a mechanical error is “yet to be confirmed”.
A full-scale investigation has already been launched into this matter. The National Transportation safety board has collected the flight data recorder, and well as the cockpit recorder. Weather conditions and visibility on July 6 were excellent, according to safety experts. Preliminary reports state that the pilots declared no emergency before the crash, and were following a routing visual approach. Though it is too early to speculate whether this tragic event was due to pilot error or other factors, the construction at the San Fransisco Intenational Airport could be examined as a contributor. Captian Chesley Sullenberger, pilot of the crash-landed Hudson flight and aviation and safety analyst for CBS News, confirmed that the ongoing construction project could be included in the examination of the Asiana Airlines crash.

On July 6, 2013, a clear Saturday morning, Asiana Airlines flight 214 touched down hundreds of feet before the beginning of the runway at San Fransisco International Airport and began trailing smoke. Flying out of Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan and stopping in Seoul, the Boeing 777 was carrying 307 passengers, and 4 very experienced South Korean pilots. Among the passengers were 16-year-olds Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both of whom were killed in the ensuing fiery crash.

Among the eyewitnesses were some commercial pilots, who stated that the plane landed unusually hard and short, and other witnesses saw the wheels of the plane give off plumes of smoke, before Flight 214 spun around the strip and burst into flames. Passengers could be seen jumping out of emergency exits to the tarmac. 182 people were sent to hospitals, including 50 in critical condition. Various sources say it is “lucky” that so many people survived. According to the CEO and President of Asiana Airlines, Yoon Young-Doo, a mechanical error is “yet to be confirmed”.

A full-scale investigation has already been launched into this matter. The National Transportation safety board has collected the flight data recorder, and well as the cockpit recorder. Weather conditions and visibility on July 6 were excellent, according to safety experts. Preliminary reports state that the pilots declared no emergency before the crash, and were following a routing visual approach. Though it is too early to speculate whether this tragic event was due to pilot error or other factors, the construction at the San Fransisco Intenational Airport could be examined as a contributor. Captian Chesley Sullenberger, pilot of the crash-landed Hudson flight and aviation and safety analyst for CBS News, confirmed that the ongoing construction project could be included in the examination of the Asiana Airlines crash.

 

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