Early reports from the scene have experts pointing to pilot error in the crash of a Boeing 777 July 6 at San Francisco International Airport. The pilot had never landed a 777 at the airport before, and had logged only 43 hours at the controls of a 777 before the crash. He had flown approximately 10,000 hours total in his career.
Witness say the plane was low and slow as it made its approach, with the rear of the plane striking the runway and breaking off. As the National Transportation Safety Board begins its investigation, it’s too soon to tell what factor or combination of factors caused the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 with 307 people on board.
New research from the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences aims to eliminate one cause for crashes: decompression and the resulting hypoxia.
Danger in the Sky: Researchers Examine Impact of Decompression on Pilots