Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Low and Slow on Landing Deadly

by Jamie R. Lebovitz | July 7th, 2013

An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 operating as Flight 214 crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport, while attempting to land on runway 28 left.  Early reports indicate that there was a tail strike before the arrival end of the runway and the tail separated from the rest of the aircraft. Controllability of the airplane was compromised as the airplane skidded down the runway and came to rest off the runway environment.  The airplane then erupted in flames .

There were 291 passengers and 16 crew on board this aircraft and early reports indicate that most of the passengers and  crew survived, but there are will undoubtedly be stories of tragedy and heroics as the investigation unfolds.

The Boeing 777 has  one of the best safety records of all modern jet transport aircraft in the world. It appears that as the pilot was making a final approach to  runway 28.  The left tail struck the approach end of the runway separating  it from the remainder of the aircraft and perhaps some of the landing.  Gear also separated from the aircraft.  One potential cause of this type of  accident is windshear, but there are no reports of any unusual weather activity. From the initial reports and the video streaming from the crash  site it is clear that the aircraft came in too low possibly andor too slow. This could be due to some anomaly with the auto land system, or an anomaly with the instrument landing system, or combination of both. There is also a possibility that the pilots failed to properly conduct their pre-landing procedures.  The investigation will take many weeks, if not months, of analyzing data from the  flight data recorder and the cockpit voice  recorder to determine the cause or causes of this crash.  The Aviation Team at Nurenberg Paris has commenced it’s investigation, and will help passengers and families of Flight 214 find the answers as why this crash occurred.

Authored by: Aviation Trial Attorney Jamie R. Lebovitz