NTSB Blames Pilot Error for Recent Asiana Airlines Accident

by | December 13th, 2013

December 13, 2013

Each year, thousands of aviation accidents are recorded in the United States and one of the most common reasons listed as a contributing factor in these crashes is pilot error. The Aviation Accident Attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy explain new information from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) points to such a mistake as the cause of the Asiana Airlines crash that occurred in San Francisco, California, earlier this year.

According to a story published by The Verge, the pilot flying the Boeing aircraft this past July was unfamiliar with the aircraft’s auto-throttle system, causing him to believe the system would automatically maintain airspeed during landing despite being set on idle. When the system failed to maintain airspeed, the tail of the aircraft collided with the ground, injuring hundreds of passengers aboard the plane and killing three.

The findings conflict with earlier reports there may have been a defect in the equipment on board the aircraft and have prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to concede that while advancements in the equipment and technology used in aviation has improved the safety of air travel, it can harbor certain hazards as well.

The attorneys with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy recognize how difficult it can be to recover from a Commercial Aviation Accident caused by pilot error and are here to help those who have been harmed in such incidents.