Investigation of Asiana air crash focused on pilots' actions, plane's automated controls

Associated Press

Federal accident investigators are meeting to determine what led to the crash of Asiana Flight 214 while the passenger plane was landing at San Francisco nearly a year ago.

The National Transportation Safety Board is also likely to make recommendations Tuesday on how to prevent similar accidents.

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Issues raised by the crash include hesitancy by some pilots to abort a landing when things go wrong or to challenge a captain's actions.

Other issues include an overreliance on automated aircraft controls that perform functions like maintaining airspeed, and the growing complexity of automated systems, which can confuse pilots.

The Boeing 777 came in to the airport too low and too slow, hit a seawall and cartwheeled down the runway. Three of the 307 people onboard were killed; nearly 200 were injured.