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Flight from Korea crashes on landing in San Francisco

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A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airplane was coming in from Seoul, South Korea and apparently crashed sometime after touching down on Runway 28. No other details were immediately available.

 

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  1. Sounds like a classic “approach to landing stall.” Altitude is always controlled by the throttles. The elevators control airspeed. If the pilot attempts to reach the runway, by pulling back on the controls, airspeed decreases and the aircraft slows. If it is close to stall speed, which it is on landing, it will lose altitude quickly.

    Fortunately it was low on fuel after a long flight, and thankfully most passengers were able to walk away from what could have been a major disaster. But it probably wasn’t out of fuel, or the pilot would have declared an emergency, and received priority landing.

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