More facts are emerging regarding the pilots on Asiana Flight 214. While the carrier initially stressed that the pilots at the time were veterans with several thousand flight hours, it appears that there are important caveats.
The pilot at the controls of the aircraft when it crashed had not landed a 777 at San Francisco before, according to news reports citing the airline. He had, however, landed at the airport in other aircraft types. While he was a veteran Asiana pilot with nearly 10,000 hr. flying experience, he reportedly only had 43 hr. experience on 777-200s. The airline says the co-pilot at the time was very experienced on 777s.
Meanwhile, the NTSB is continuing to investigate. The agency released this slide show through its twitter account, covering its first press conference, close-up images of the crash site, the flight data recorders, and extensive damage to the aircraft’s interior.
Asiana also released an updated list of nationalities onboard. The total passenger tally of 291 included 77 from South Korea, 141 from China, 64 from the U.S., three from India, three from Canada, and one each from France, Japan and Vietnam.