The recent crash of a Boeing 777 prompted an investigation from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and other agencies. These investigations have raised several questions, including ones about the behavior of the pilots in the moments leading up to the crash.
The first stages of the investigation revealed that at the time of the crash, the Boeing 777 was flying 39 miles per hour below its target speed. Going too slowly is dangerous for planes in the air, which can stall at low speeds. The investigation also revealed that an alarm sounded four seconds before the crash, warning the pilots that the engines might stall.
All four pilots survived the crash and are being interviewed about the events leading up to it, according to an article from The Chicago Tribune. One of the pilots was a trainee who had clocked only 43 hours of experience flying a Boeing 777 and had never landed one at San Francisco International Airport, although he had landed other planes there. The trainee was flying with an instructor who had considerable experience with the Boeing 777, but it is not known yet who was piloting the plane at the time of the plane accident.
The crash claimed two lives and left 180 passengers with injuries, some of them serious.
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