Asiana air crash survivor says crew may have gunned engines before crash
Monday, July 08, 2013 - 01:28
July 8 - An Asiana plane crash survivor says crew may have gunned engines before smashing into a San Francisco runway as airline CEO disputes claims pilot was in training. Jessica Gray reports.
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The remains of Asiana Airlines flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing two passengers.
Survivor Eugene Rah says the pilot of the South Korean owned Boeing 777 may have gunned the engines seconds before impact, perhaps trying to avoid smashing into the runway.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ASIANA PLANE CRASH SURVIVOR EUGENE RAH SAYING:
"But very last minute I hear the engine sound, which the pilot probably try to send more power to lift the plane back up, which didn't work. I was holding things so tight. And bam. The impact was so powerful. If I did not have the one more strap going around my chest I probably hit the ceiling on the plane."
Information from the aircraft's voice and data recorders gives no sign of trouble until seven seconds before touch down when the crew tried to accelerate and abort the landing, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said.
The aircraft was also said to be flying significantly below the proper landing speed.
South Korea's transport ministry said the pilot was still being trained to fly the long-range plane.
That claim was disputed by Asiana CEO Yoon Young-doo.
(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) PRESIDENT AND CEO OF ASIANA AIRLINES, YOON YOUNG-DOO, SAYING:
"A senior pilot was in charge of the flight. So I cannot tolerate the speculation. I would appreciate if you understand that it is not true."
Another 49 passengers were injured seriously on the flight from Seoul.
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