Plane-watcher Fred Hayes was filming aircraft on approach at San Francisco airport on Sunday when Asiana Flight 214 crashed into the runway. Hayes caught the entire horrific accident, which has so far claimed the lives of two people, on video.
According to Reuters, the pilot of Flight 214 was in training and had never landed a Boeing 777 before:
Asiana Airlines Inc said the pilot in charge of landing the Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco’s airport on Saturday was training for the long-range plane and that it was his first flight to the airport with the jet.
“It was Lee Kang-kook’s maiden flight to the airport with the jet… He was in training. Even a veteran gets training (for a new jet),” a spokeswoman for Asiana Airlines said on Monday.
Lee, who started his career at Asiana as an intern in 1994, has 9,793 hours of flying experience, but only 43 hours with the Boeing 777 jet.
Co-pilot Lee Jeong-min, who has 3,220 hours of flying experience with the Boeing 777 and a total of 12,387 hours of flying experience, was helping Lee Kang-kook in the landing, the spokeswoman said.