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Captain Of Asiana Plane Crash That Killed 3 Was 'Concerned' About Landing Plane Visually

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WASHINGTON (AP) - National Transportation Safety Board investigators reviewing a July Asiana Airlines crash landing at San Francisco International Airport raised concerns about the safety certification of Boeing 777's controls design.
   
The investigators warn that the plane's automatic protection against stalling does not always automatically engage.
   
Experts at a hearing Wednesday and an investigative report say when the plane's autothrottle is placed in a "hold" mode, as it was during the Asiana flight, it is supposed to re-engage or "wake up" when it reaches minimum airspeed.
   
But a primary project pilot who oversaw the Boeing 787 flight tests for the Federal Aviation Administration told the NTSB that the both the 787 and the 777 had the same anti-stall protection systems - and that the wake-up system did not always work when tested at minimum speeds.
   
The Asiana crash let three death and more than 200 injured.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was stressed out and "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach because the runway's automatic warning systems were out of service due to construction.
    
Lee Kang Kuk, a 46-year-old pilot who was landing the big jet for his first time at San Francisco, "stated it was very difficult to perform a visual approach with a heavy airplane," according to an investigative report released Wednesday. The jet crash landed after approaching low and slow in an accident that left three dead and more than 150 injured.
    
The report was released at the start of a daylong National Transportation Safety Board hearing into the accident.

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