Asiana Airlines said on Monday that it would enhance training for pilots seeking to convert to flying new aircraft, part of a series of measures it is undertaking after the fatal crash of an Boeing 777 plane in San Francisco.
Three Chinese teenagers were killed and over 180 people injured when the Asiana flight from Seoul crash-landed at San Francisco’s international airport on July 6.
The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said although both the pilot and co-pilot were experienced, they had not flown together before. The pilot in charge of landing was in training on the 777 and the co-pilot was acting as an instructor on his first flight.
“We will bolster our training programme…when a pilot converts to a jet from a different manufacturer,” Asiana said in a presentation to the government, which was shown to reporters.
The new measures will include enhancing training for visual approach and automated flight and conducting flight inspection on airports which are “vulnerable to safety.”
Asiana said it will also seek to improve communications skills among crew members, and introduce a system to manage “fatigue risk.” Other measures include setting up separate maintenance teams for Boeing and Airbus planes, and enhancing safety management systems.
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