Update: ILS turned off in SFO – Asiana incident in San Francisco – Boeing 777 plane crash landed –

Written by Your VIPTRIP Team on July 8th, 2013
Asiana HL-7742 Boeing 777-200 ER

Asiana HL-7742 Boeing 777-200 ER

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News

A navigational technology that steers commercial pilots to safe landings was not operational at San Francisco’s airport Saturday when a South Korean airliner came in at an awkward angle and crashed on the runway, officials said.

San Francisco International Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said that a key component of the facility’s instrument landing system that tracks and guides an arriving airplane’s course was turned off.

The airport has turned off the system for nearly the entire summer on the runway where the Asiana flight crashed, according to a notice from the airport on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Web site, Reuters reported. It showed the system out of service June 1-August 22 on runway 28 Left.

The so-called Glide Path technology, which calculates an airplane’s path of descent and transmits the data to pilots in real time, is a commonly used but by no means essential tool, said Barry Schiff, a pilot and author who has written extensively about aviation safety.

“The system was designed to be used at nights or during inclement weather events, like fog,” Schiff told NBC News on Sunday. “But it’s not anything that’s required on a clear, beautiful day like yesterday.”

Asiana Flight 214 slammed on the runway in relatively favorable weather conditions — sunny skies, patches of clouds, and light wind.

Kevin Hiatt, chief executive of the Flight Safety Foundation and a former Delta Airlines pilot, said airports frequently take ground-based instrument landing systems offline for maintenance on clear days.
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Federal investigations announced Saturday that it was too premature to determine a cause of the horrific crash, which killed at least two people and injured more than 100 others. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board assumed control of the probe late Saturday and was sifting through various evidence on Sunday  — and it could be months or even years before the exact reason for the crash is known.

Schiff said he thinks many commercial pilots rely far too heavily on technologies like Glide Path and not enough on human intuition and skills — a sentiment that has been voiced by Mary Schiavo, the former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to Reuters.

“Pilots are becoming more and more dependent on automization and computerization,” Schiff said. “And when they’re called upon to revert to old-fashioned abilities,” they can make mistakes.

The Federal Aviation Administration has advocated for flight training that includes instruction in “manual” forms of flying and traditional practices, Schiff said.

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Asiana flight OZ214 crashed in San Francisco on runway  29L 06JUL2013

This is only the second hull loss accident for a Boeing 777, introduced in 1995. The previous accident was in 2008 when a British Airways 777 crashed short of the runway at London LHR due to engine failure.

Flight OZ214 – An Asiana Airline Boeing 777 from Seoul, South Korea, has crash landed at San Francisco International Airport leaving two dead and 181 hospitalized. Firefighters flocked to the scene as clouds of black smoke billowed from the plane.

49 of the total hospitalized were transported immediately from the scene in serious condition. Another 132 were transported later with less serious injuries and 123 people were accounted for at the airport without injuries. 1 of the dead has been confirmed as Chinese, the Foreign Ministry said.  San Francisco General Hospital has confirmed it has admitted 52 patients with 5 of them in critical condition and another 5 seriously injured.   Patients sustained fractures, burns and spine injuries, according to the hospital’s spokeswoman Rachael Kagan, who also added that no more passengers were expected at the facility.  Stanford Hospital has also confirmed that it is treating several patients with ‘life-threatening injuries’, local KTVU reports. The Coast Guard earlier said two people from the plane crash were transported by one of the deployed helicopters to Stanford Hospital.

The plane flying in from South Korea was scheduled to arrive at 11:15 am local time, but was running some 15 minutes late.

The crash happened around 11:30 am causing the jet to catch fire. Emergency services have reported that 291 passengers, 16 crew members and one infant were all on board the plane at the time of the accident.

Rescue vehicles from the San Francisco and San Mateo fire departments were on the scene within minutes.

Minutes after OZ214 crashed  in SFO

Minutes after OZ214 crashed in SFO

The plane is now believed to be completely evacuated, contrary to earlier reports that people were trapped inside the aircraft after the ‘whole tail came off’ and the plane cartwheeled to land upside down.

Wind shear or Microburst possible reason for incident

Wind shear

Wind shear

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Microburst

Microburst
Asiana OZ214 Flight Path

Asiana OZ214 Flight Path

 

 

 

 

The Asiana Airlines plane was carrying 141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans and 61 US citizens, an official at the airline’s head office in Seoul said, Reuters reports.

The reason of the crash remains unclear. “It’s still too early for us to tell,” Debra Hersman, chairperson of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said at the press conference two hours after the crash. “Obviously we have a lot of work to do,” she said.

Hersman confirmed that NTSB has sent a “Go-Team” to San Francisco to investigate the accident.

FBI said there was no indication of terrorism or criminal acts involved in plane crash.

Some witness said that they were unable to see the plane as it had been completely consumed by smoke.

The airport has reopened after being closed  for several hours following the incident, San Francisco Airport said in a statement.

Asiana Airlines Inc. is South Korea’s second-largest airline by revenue and passengers, after Korean Air Lines Co. and is part of the Kumho Asiana business conglomerate.

An eyewitness told local station KCBS that the plane looked like it was “at an odd angle” as it was coming in to land.

The airport will be closed for the next couple of hours, according to announcements, and planes will not be flying in or out.

Some witness said that they were unable to see the plane as it had been completely consumed by smoke. Initially,  black and grey smoke was visible, which lightened as firefighters began to bring it under control.

 

 

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