What Caused the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Crash?

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December 7, 2015
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Aviation Attorney Details Tragic Plane Accident

Aviation accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death for a large number of people. In this video, plane accident attorney Curtis B. Miner explains what caused the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in 2013, which killed three passengers and injured 187.

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Video Transcription:

In the Asiana case, published reports have indicated that the pilots came in too low and too slow. What that means is as you approach an airport landing strip, there’s a certain glide slope where there’s a window in which you can have the plane in order to hit the runway at the right point on the runway at the right speed. Speed is exceedingly important for commercial aircraft because if they go below a certain speed, they become extremely difficult to handle and at some point, they’ll reach a stall speed, in which case they lose lift and will literally fall out of the sky. So that’s one of the things that are obviously from public reports been looked into in the Asiana case, but it’s not the only thing.

The pilots of the Asiana Airline reported that they believed they had engaged the auto-throttle. The auto-throttle is kind of like a cruise control on your car. It’s designed … you can set it at a certain speed and it’s designed to make sure that the plane doesn’t fall below that speed. The pilots, according to published reports, have said they believe that they engaged the auto-throttle but for some reason, it wasn’t actually keeping the plane at the speed that they had set it for.

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