Pilot Interviews Will Answer What Went Wrong In SF Plane Crash | Talking Points Memo

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Asiana Airlines Flight 214 was 500 feet up and about a half-minute from San Francisco International Airport when its speed dropped below the threshold for a safe landing speed. It continued slowing until just about 8 seconds before touch down when pilots recognized the need for more speed and throttled up.But it already was too late. By the time the engines started adding speed, the hulking Boeing 777 was barely above San Francisco Bay and the plane clipped the seawall at the end of the runway, slammed down and spun, then caught fire. Incredibly, only two of the 307 people on board died, and most of the survivors suffered little or no injuries.

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