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Federal crash investigators revealed Wednesday that the pilot flying Asiana Airlines flight 214 told them that he was temporarily blinded by a bright light when 500 feet above the ground. Deborah Hersman, chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said it wasn't clear what could have caused the problem. Asked specifically whether it could have been a laser pointed from the ground, Hersman said she couldn't say what caused it. "We need to understand exactly what that is," Hersman said. "It was a temporary issue." Her comments came during a daily press briefing on the Saturday crash of Asiana Flight 214 that left two dead and another 168 injured.
Originally posted by butcherguy
Were there any references to this by either pilot before the crash? One would think the blinded pilot would have mentioned it to the other.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
reply to post by canucks555
Also interesting is the delay between the stoppage of the aircraft, and the evacuation of the aircraft. Normally speaking the first thing one would want to ensure, is that as many people make it on to the tarmac as possible, meaning that should there be an issue with fire, or, God forbid, some sort of explosion, as many people as possible are already off the plane, and moving away from it, to a safe distance.
Originally posted by TrueBrit
reply to post by mbkennel
I would have thought that Air Traffic Control would have re-routed any plane scheduled to land on that specific runway, placed as many aircraft as possible in holding, as well as using other runways to take planes which could not circle any longer. It is highly unlikely that right after a serious crash, involving all manner of debris being smashed all over the place, that the controllers would have been prepared to use the runway until they were sure precisely what happened to the plane, and that any potential debris threat had been mitigated to the best ability of the ground crews and saftey officials at the airport.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
They started their approach high, because the glideslope for the ILS was down. They then set in a 1500 fpm descent, which was probably too high, and descended at flight idle. They assumed that the autothrottle was holding their speed, but they apparently missed an autopilot mode change that would have kept the AT holding their speed at 137 knots.
The instructor noticed they were looking at three red, and one white on the PAPI lights next to the runway, which indicated they were low (two red, two white is on glideslope, three white or all white is high), so commanded the "student" to climb. He pulled the nose up, and went for the throttles, but was told the throttles were already pushed forward. At four seconds before impact, they were around 103 knots, and the stick shaker activated warning them they were going to stall. The throttles were pushed forward to abort the landing, but the main landing gear struck the jetty before the engines could spool up.
He may have seen a glare, or even had a light shined into the cockpit that temporarily blinded him, but it didn't play a role in the accident. But, it has to be mentioned, and investigated, to rule out everything.