Miami, 8th of July 2013. The pilot at the controls of an Asiana plane that crashed was getting on-the-job training, the carrier’s CEO revealed Monday.
Yoon Young-Doo told reporters Lee Gang-guk «was undergoing an OJT (on-the-job training) flight in order to gain experience in order to fly a new type of airplane. For this OJT flight, an experienced pilot with more than 10,000 hours of flight experience, was onboard as an instructing pilot, and took all responsibility regarding flight.»
Yoon denied that the airline is placing more weight on Lee’s inexperience as it investigates, saying, «We’re currently awaiting results from America’s NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board).»
«OJT flights are a widely accepted training practice in the international aviation industry,» Yoon continued. » … The speculation (that Lee’s inexperience was a factor) is something that cannot be permitted and is different from fact.»
Aviation and airline officials said Sunday that Lee was guiding a Boeing 777 into the San Francisco airport for the first time, and tried but failed to abort the landing after coming in too slowly to set down safely.
It remained unclear whether the pilot’s inexperience with the aircraft and airport played a role in Saturday’s crash. Officials were investigating whether the airport or plane’s equipment could have also malfunctioned.
South Korea’s government announced Monday that officials will inspect engines and landing equipment on all Boeing 777 planes owned by Asiana and Korean Air, the national carrier.
Source: CBS News.