‘Auto-throttle’ implicated in Asiana 214 crash


After Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday — killing two and injuring over 100 passengers — early evidence suggested that the plane was simply flying too low and too slow due to operator error. But on Tuesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairwoman Deborah Hersman told the press that pilots may have relied on a device called an “auto-throttle” to maintain speed, and may have failed to notice that the automated system wasn’t actually doing its job.

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