Crashed Asiana plane flown by co-pilot undergoing training
SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO, July 8, Kyodo
The Asiana Airlines passenger jet that crashed while landing at San Francisco airport on Saturday was being flown by the co-pilot who was undergoing a flight familiarization session needed to fly the Boeing aircraft with a more experienced pilot, an official from South Korea's transportation ministry told reporters Monday.
The co-pilot has a total of 43 hours of flying experience on the Boeing 777 including nine landings, and was landing at San Francisco airport for the first time in the Boeing 777, the official said.
The co-pilot's relative inexperience with the Boeing 777 is likely to be a key point in investigations into the cause of the crash, which resulted in the deaths of two Chinese teens.