Asiana jet’s systems partly to blame in SF crash, airline says

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Asiana Airlines on Monday said that its Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport last summer had inadequate warning systems to alert the crew to problems with air speed.

In a filing with the National Transportation Safety Board, released on Monday, the airline said there was no indication that the plane’s auto-throttle had stopped maintaining the set air speed. Additionally, it said a low air speed alerting system came on too late for the pilots to avoid the crash.

Asiana also acknowledged that its crew failed to monitor and maintain a safe airspeed, but said inconsistencies in the aircraft’s automation logic and deficient warning systems contributed to the failure.

The NTSB previously said the crew showed signs of confusion about the elaborate computer systems of the Boeing 777 that crashed on July 6 and resulted in three deaths.

One of the victims was run over by an emergency vehicle on the runway after she escaped the plane.

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