San Francisco probe brings questions over auto speed controls

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Watch above: What caused the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport? (July 9)

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214’s pilots say they were relying on to control the airliner’s speed may have contributed to the plane’s dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.

New details in the accident investigation that were revealed Tuesday by National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman were not conclusive about the cause of Saturday’s crash, but they raised potential areas of focus: Was there a mistake made in setting the automatic speed control, did it malfunction or were the pilots not fully aware of what the plane was doing?

READ MORE: NTSB: Pilots relied on automatic speed control

One of the most puzzling aspects of the crash has been why the wide-body Boeing 777 jet came in far too low…

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