Korea orders all airlines to improve pilot training


INVESTIGATION. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman and Investigator-in-Charge Bill English looking at interior damage to Asiana Flight 214 during their first site assessment in San Francisco, California. Photo by AFP/Handout/NTSB

South Korea’s transport ministry ordered all its airlines to step up safety measures and provide additional training for their pilots and crew as it starts a 3-week government investigation on Asiana Airlines, which figured in a crash landing in San Francisco. The probe into Asiana will investigate whether it violated any rules in its operation and training, the ministry said. Four pilots from the Boeing 777 that crashed on July 6 will be questioned from Wednesday, July 17. The pilots returned home on Saturday after being quizzed by US aviation officials. The Asiana jet from Shanghai via Seoul clipped a sea wall with its tail as it came in to land at the US airport and skidded out of control before catching fire, leaving 3 dead and more than 180 injured.

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