Flight simulator owner: Not yet known if Asiana flight was human or mechanical error

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July 8, 2013, 7:56 am
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(NECN) - Federal safety officials are also saying data from the plane's black box recorders indicates the plane came in too slow. The plane's wreckage tells a story of its own with seats thrown about and the roof burned off. Survivors are sharing their stories.

Of the 307 people on board, only two were killed. But one of those victims may have actually survived the crash with the possibility that it was a rescue vehicle running her over after the fact that ended her life. An autopsy is being done to determine that.

We’re bringing in Steve Cunningham, who owns "Nashua Flight Simulator" in New Hampshire.

What is the right speed for a plane?

Boeing 777 has an approach speed of approximately 140 knots, according to Cunningham. The NTSB chairman said the plane came in significantly slower than that.

We understand it was the tail that hit the seawall as it came into the runway. Cunningham says the nose pitches up and the tail drops when there’s a call for increased speed and power.

Does this suggest it’s human or mechanical error?

Cunningham says we don’t know at this point because we don’t know whether they were hand flying or if it the plane was operating on auto throttle.

They will interview the crew and look at the data into the recorder to discover that information.

Is the pilot’s inexperience typical?

Cunningham says they log a lot of time in flight simulators prior to flying a plane.

Tags: San Francisco, plane crash , NTSB, national transportation safety board, Asiana Airlines, steve cunningham, nashua flight simulator
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