A recent plane crash at San Francisco’s airport claimed the lives of two passengers and injured 180 more. As investigators dig into the causes of the crash, details continue to surface, explaining what happened to trigger the fateful result.
Experienced Kentucky accident attorneys monitor plane accident reports no matter which state they originate from. While air travel has a statistically lower rate of injuries and deaths than other types of travel, when an airplane crash does occur, the injuries and deaths that result are often more numerous and more severe.
The San Francisco crash involved a Boeing 777, which crashed while attempting to land at the city’s airport. Preliminary reviews of data gathered during the crash and interviews with the pilots have revealed that the plane was traveling nearly 40 miles per hour slower than its minimum low speed at the time of the accident. Low speeds make stalling an airplane engine more likely, and investigators found that in the Boeing crash, an alarm warning of an impending stalled engine sounded in the cockpit four seconds before the crash occurred.
Investigators are also continuing to discuss the accident with the pilots, all four of whom survived the accident. One concern is that the crew’s trainee pilot, who had logged only 43 hours flying a Boeing 777 before the crash, was the pilot at the controls when the accident took place. The crew also included an instructor pilot, who had logged thousands of hours flying and landing Boeing 777 planes. Investigators are trying to determine who was at the controls and which orders were given in the crucial seconds leading up to the accident.