NTSB blames pilot error in deadly Asiana crash

NTSB blames pilot error in deadly Asiana crash

WASHINGTON - National Transportation Safety Board investigators now say it was pilot error that led to the deadly Asiana Airlines crash last year.

During a public hearing this morning, NTSB officials repeatedly refered to the pilot's lack of understanding and "misconceptions" about the auto-pilot systems on the Boeing 777 as Flight 214 approached San Francisco International Airport. 

"This was a seasoned flight crew with a good safety record yet they misunderstood the relationships of the automated systems that they commanded," said Christopher Hart, the NTSB acting chairman. "They also failed to work together to monitor and respond to their deteriorating situation." 

Three people died and more than 180 were injured in the crash.

Not all of the problems were in the air. 

Two passengers not wearing seat belts were ejected from the plane on impact.

One died after being run over by two fire trucks responding to the accident.

The other was left lying on the tarmac, presumed dead.

Investigators said there was a window of opportunity to treat the passenger. The airport has taken steps to address problems with its emergency communications and response.

A despite the tragic events of that day, investigators point out 99 percent of the passengers on board survived.

"The traveling public should know that when the unexpected happens and airplanes do crash," Hart said, "most crashes are survivable."