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Asiana chief defends ‘experienced pilots’

South Korea’s Asiana Airlines on Tuesday defended the pilots of the San Francisco crash jet as ‘very competent’ as attention focused on whether human error caused the Boeing 777 to slam into the runway.
The pilot at the controls was a novice at flying the 777, and his supervising colleague had only just qualified as a trainer, according to Asiana. US investigators say the plane was flying far too slowly when it clipped a seawall short of the runway on Saturday.

Asiana chief executive Yoon Young-Doo said he would travel to California to meet transport  safety officials and victims, after US investigators said they had begun questioning the cockpit crew. Two teenage Chinese girls were killed and more than 180 people injured when the flight from Shanghai via Seoul went skidding out of control on its belly, shredding the tail end of the plane and starting a fire.
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