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

Monday, 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. Click to continue »