Asiana Airlines crash video: Terrifying footage released as investigation hears pilots were 'deeply confused' about plane's safety systems

The National Transportation Safety Board has released the footage of the plane tumbling down the runway before dramatically flipping up into the air

Terrifying new footage has emerged of the moment an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed on its final approach to San Francisco International Airport this summer, killing two passengers at the scene along with another who later died in hospital after being run over by rescue vehicles.

The National Transportation Safety Board has released the footage of the plane tumbling down the runway before dramatically flipping up into the air and coming to rest in a cloud of smoke.

The chilling video of the incident was released as part of an investigative hearing into the incident, which yesterday heard that the pilots of the Asiana jumbo jet  were "deeply confused" about the automated control systems on the plane.

In the details of a report released yesterday it also emerged that the Asiana Airlines captain was "very concerned" about attempting an approach at the airport because the runway's automatic landing aids were out of service due to construction work.

It was also revealed that neither the trainee nor an instructor pilot in the cockpit said anything when the first officer raised concerns four times about the plane's rapid descent.

After the accident, which killed three people and injured more than 200 on 6 July, Captain Lee Kang-Kuk told the National Transportation Safety Board investigators that he had been concerned he might "fail his flight and would be embarrassed".

Mr Lee, who was described as a seasoned aviator who was undergoing transition training to the Boeing 777, had told investigators that he felt "very stressful" about making a visual approach.

The wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane at San Francisco International Airport The wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane at San Francisco International Airport The instrument landing system (ILS) at San Francisco airport had been out of operation for around a month requiring a hands-on approach. On a so-called visual approach the pilot is required to use cues from approach lights on the runway's edge to bring the plane down safely.

Mr Lee had told investigators that he was "very concerned" about his ability to perform such an approach in a 777 aircraft.

So far, the investigation has not found any mechanical problems with the 777 prior to impact, although testing is ongoing.

It also emerged that a teenage girl who survived the crash died after she was run over by two rescue vehicles in the chaotic aftermath.

Authorities in California revealed months ago that 16-year-old Chinese student Ye Meng Yuan was alive on the runway and covered in firefighting foam when she was hit by an emergency vehicle and suffered the multiple blunt injuries that killed her.

But documents released at a National Transportation Safety Board hearing in Washington reveal the motionless girl was struck twice - once by a fire rig spraying foam and again 11 minutes later by a second truck that was being turned around to fetch more water.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SAP BI CONSULTANT

£55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: SAP BI CONSULTA...

Infrastructure Manager - Southampton - Up to £45K

£35000 - £45000 per annum + 36 days holiday and more: Deerfoot IT Resources Li...

PHP Software Developer - Hertfordshire

£45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: PHP Software Developer - Hertfordshire An es...

Electrical Engineer

competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Long term contract role - Electrical Pro...

Day In a Page

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice