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Asiana crash: No evidence of mechanical problems in plain

A probe into Asiana Flight 214 focused squarely on the pilots after the head of US national transportation safety board said investigators found no evidence of mechanical problems.
In her final briefing before the agency concluded its on-site detective work, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman said on Thursday the airplane showed no signs of a breakdown, and on voice recorders, the pilots of the Boeing 777 fail to notice that their approach is dangerously low and slow until it’s too late.

‘There is no mention of speed until about nine seconds before impact, when they’re at 100 feet (30 meters),’ she said on Thursday. Just seconds before impact, two of the pilots call for the landing to be aborted. Investigators have stressed that nothing has been definitively ruled out and no firm conclusions reached. The agency’s final evaluation is expected to take more than a year. The jet itself had no malfunctions in any critical systems, including the engines and flight-control surfaces, the autopilot, the autothrottles and the flight director, Hersman said.
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