The NTSB has moved quickly as they investigate Saturday’s fatal crash of Asiana Airways flight OZ214 at San Francisco.

Asiana Airways Flight OZ214 Crash

The crash killed two Chinese students and left a further 182 injured, at least 8 of those have serious injuries.

Yoon Young Doo, head of the Korean carrier Asiana Airlines, said on Sunday that he had ruled out engine or mechanical problems in the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations are also focusing on the actions of the crew as the aircraft appears to have been coming in too low and too slow.

Here on we’ve published some of our own data on the accident.

The video below shows a Google Earth playback of the flight (down to 850ft).

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Asiana Airways Flight OZ214 Crash Footage

The video is also here:

Flight OZ214
OZ214 approach – Google Earth screenshot. Data:

Asian Airways flight OZ 214 had departed from Shanghai before stopping in Seoul en route to San Francisco and was carrying 307 people, 291 passengers, and 16 crew.

Investigations are also under way to determine if one of the students was actually killed on the ground by a recovery vehicle after the crash.

Information has emerged that the experienced pilot was new to the 777 although the co-pilot had over 10,000 hours in the aircraft.

Lee Kang-kook, Pilot of Boeing 777-200

Asiana Airlines has said that Lee Kang-kook, the pilot in charge of the landing, had flown Boeing 747’s into San Francisco but was training for the 777. The Associated Press reported that this was his first flight into San Francisco at the controls of a 777. The pilot was being assisted by another pilot with more experience flying the 777.

The Boeing 777-200 (HL7742) involved in the incident is shown below:

Boeing 777-200
Asiana Airways Boeing 777 at LAX in Feb (Tail HL7742) – Photo © Jose Gomez –

Saturday’s crash was the first fatal crash of a commercial airline in the USA for over 4 years.

Boeing 777 Aircraft Data

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  • Plane Model and Type: Boeing 777-200 (Type B772)
  • Tail Number & Registration : HL7742 registered 7 March 2006
  • Construction Details: Number 29171, Line 0553, Series 28EER
  • ADS-B Hexcode: 71BF42
  • First Flight: 25 Feb 2006

Asiana Airlines OZ214 Flight Information

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  • Flight Callsign: AAR214
  • Codeshares: UA7979 / US5204
  • Scheduled Departure: Incheon International Airport, Seoul, Korea (ICN) 11:15 local time
  • Scheduled Arrival: San Francisco International Airport, USA (SFO) 16:30 local time
  • Flight Duration: 10 hours 45 minutes
  • Distance: 5,642 miles

Data Sources

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