Safety agency interviewing Asiana pilots, corroborating information
Monday, July 08, 2013 - 01:28
July 8 - The head of the National Transportation Safety Board outlined her agency's initial progress report on Monday, saying investigators were reviewing data, looking at video, and conducting interviews with the four pilots and other witnesses to stitch together a picture of what went wrong. Mana Rabiee reports.
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New details about the final moments of Asiana flight 214.
The National Transportation Safety Board outlined its initial progress report on Monday, saying investigators were interviewing the plane's pilots to help stitch together a picture of what went wrong -- said agency chief Deborah Hersman.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEBORAH HERSMAN, CHAIRPERSON FOR THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD (NTSB), SAYING:
"Who was the pilot flying? Who was the pilot in command in the cockpit at the time of the accident? We're going to be looking to correlate all of that information with what we are finding on the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder."
Investigators now know flight 214 was traveling 103 knots just before it crashed, far below the routine target speed of 137 knots.
They're also looking into reports an emergency vehicle may have run over the body of a crash victim on the tarmac.
Also on Monday, first responders gave a detailed moment-to-moment account of the crash scene for reporters.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT LIEUTENANT CRISSY EMMONS SAYING:
"The communication from the tower was 'Alert three, alert three, plane crash, plane crash….I knew from her voice that the event we were going to was real."
More questions investigators hope to answer:
Did the pilots get enough rest? Was the plane on auto-pilot? And did emergency slides deflate inside the plane, as crew members have reportedly told the safety board?
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