Asiana Pilot: “Flash of Light Blinded Me Before Landing”
(KQED-TV) The flying pilot of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 told National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials that he was “blinded” temporarily by a flash of light at 500 feet, or 34 seconds before impact — about the same time the pilots realized they were flying too low and going too slow. The NTSB doesn’t know what caused the flash, and is continuing to investigate.
At Wednesday’s NTSB briefing, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman released information from the board’s investigation. She detailed who was on the crew, the communications between air traffic control and the Asiana pilots, and the plane’s evacuation.
NTSB: Pilot initially told flight crew not to evacuate Asiana plane
Federal safety officials say a pilot initially told passengers not to evacuate an Asiana Airlines flight that crash landed in San Francisco.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that people did not begin fleeing the aircraft until 90 seconds later when a fire erupted. At that point, the doors were opened and escape slides were inflated. Two flight attendants were pinned by slides that inflated inside during the impact.