Citizen Video Captures Asiana Plane the Moment it Crashes
Authorities are still trying to piece together exactly what happened Saturday morning when an Asiana Airline plane carrying 309 passengers crashed at SFO. Although we've all seen images of the aftermath -- the plane on fire, distressed passengers, and emergency crews -- we've yet to view any footage of the plane as it touched down in San Francisco.
Aviation enthusiast Fred Hayes just so happened to be filming planes from across the bay when flight 214 was making its way to San Francisco; he recorded the entire crash. The raw footage was later released by CNN.
Authorities say it did not appear to be a mechanical failure, but were also not ready to blame the crash on a pilot error. National Transportation Safety Board officials told reporters over the weekend that the plane was coming in "too slow and too low" and that the pilots appear to have increased speed seven seconds before impact, according to NTSB official Deborah Hersman. As CNN reports, a stall warning sounded four seconds before the crash, and the crew then tried to initiate a "go-around 1.5 seconds to impact."
The plane crashed into a seawall, killing two 16-year-old girls and injuring dozens more. One of the girls who died might have been run over by an emergency vehicle.
The pilot, Lee Gang-kuk, was reportedly still in training when he attempted to land the plane Saturday. He had flown from Seoul to San Francisco several times between 1999 and 2004, but this was his first time to land a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport, according to the airlines.
He had fewer than two days at the controls of the plane as of Saturday.
"I would discourage anyone from drawing any conclusions at this point," Hersman said, adding that investigators are still working to corroborate the information on the recorders.