US Safety Investigators Are Looking At Flight Crew Over-Reliance On Autopilot Systems

At a two-day hearing that starts, the National Transportation Safety Board will examine if cockpit complacency caused an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777

Published on 10 December 2013

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US safety investigators are looking at whether an over-reliance on autopilot systems in modern aircraft has degraded human flying skills, increasing the risk of accidents.

At a two-day hearing that starts on Tuesday Dec. 10, the National Transportation Safety Board will examine if cockpit complacency caused an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER with 307 people aboard to crash land at San Francisco Airport in July, killing three and injuring more than 180.

Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul came in too slow and too low, causing its tail to strike a seawall just short of the runway. The tail and landing sheared off, and the plane caught fire and skidded down the runway, strewing wreckage and people over a wide area.

So far, there is no evidence of mechanical failure of the 777, a plane never before involved in a fatal accident. Instead, investigators have focused on the possibility that the pilots may have mishandled the aircraft’s automated controls in the final minutes of flight.

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Posted 2013-12-10 16:30:00