Pilots noted jet’s speed just before crash

AFP-JIJI

The pilots of the Asiana Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco appeared to be unaware the plane was flying too slowly until just seconds before it slammed into the seawall.

National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman said Thursday that analysis of cockpit voice recorders showed no talk of speed during the approach until it was 30 meters from the ground. Nine seconds before impact, a call was made to increase speed. Two members of the cockpit crew then made separate requests to abort the landing, three and 1.5 seconds before the crash, Hersman said.

The NTSB previously revealed the plane’s speed had dipped to 103 knots three seconds before the crash — sharply below the target speed of 137 knots.