Asiana Crash Pilot Unfamiliar With 777 Auto-Throttle

The pilot of the Asiana 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco airport in July 2013 has told a US National Transportation Safety Board hearing that he felt nervous about doing a visual approach and admitted that he was unfamiliar with the aircraft’s auto-throttle system. Captain Lee Kang Kuk had logged only 35 hours on the 777 before he was required to perform a visual landing during a period in which San Francisco’s instrument landing aids were out of action. Three passengers died in the incident.

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