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11/09/2013
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Pilots Competency in Question after Third Victims Dies from Boeing 777 Crash

The devastation of the Boeing 777 crash in San Francisco only continues as the death toll has risen to three. The Asiana Airlines jet was carrying 291 passengers when the plane crashed during landing. More than 180 people were taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Information from the black box shows that the plane stalled shortly before landing and the pilots tried to abort the landing unsuccessfully. However, the problem lies with the pilots behind the controls.

Lee Kang-guk, the pilot, was still in training and eleven flights from achieving his license. It was only his ninth flight on the 777. Aviation analyst, John Nance, stated that, “This captain was fully licensed to be doing what he was doing. It wasn’t a matter of he needed 10 flights and then he would get his license.”

Nance also went on to say that after his eleventh flight, nothing would change except some restrictions.

The airline is supporting Kang-guk and his experience. However, Asiana Airlines will provide additional safety training for all pilots.

What does Wichita think?

Should pilots that haven’t received their license be in control of such a serious situation? Do you think lawsuits will arise from the fatalities? Is it simply a chance you take when you chose to fly with an airline? Let us know what you think by commenting in the box below!


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