Raw footage of OZ 214's failed landing
The focus now lies solely on the cause of the accident, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is hesitant to come to any kind of conclusion until all the facts are straight. The operating pilot at the time of the accident was halfway through his training on a B777 with a measly 43 hours of total flight time and the co-pilot was on his first flight as an instructor. Furthermore, this was the first time the pilot attempted a landing at San Francisco International Airport, which is known for having nothing but a seawall separate the San Francisco Bay from the runway. But do these circumstances alone suggest pilot error?
|You think you've seen it a 100 times already, but imagine battling that blaze as a first-responder and ensuring that all the passengers have been evacuated.|
|This photo gives a new definition to the crappiest seats in the house|
|Flight purser Lee yoon-Hye: her name should be engrained under the Webster dictionary's definition of heroine.|
|The lady in turquoise: "Check out my souvenirs from China! You want to buy one?"|
"Foreigners (especially Americans) don't understand that in China, human lives are cheaper than money. And this belief is deeply ingrained in the mentality of the Chinese government and its people."
Even if the NTSB's investigation discovers equipment malfunction, there is no doubt that some of the blame will still fall on the pilots. When you have 307 lives in your hands, you can't depend solely on a computer to safely land a 250-ton aircraft. The landing phase is by far the most dangerous segment of a flight, and the pilots should not have taken the aircraft's warning signs lightly and at the last second. OZ's reputation and stock price will suffer, and the CEO will have plenty of questions to answer for. Fortunately, South Koreans have honor and the entire country feels ashamed of the tragedy, even though it wasn't their fault.