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NTSB eyes lack of landing tool in air crash

The wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 rests at San Francisco International Airport after it crashed. (Noah Berger, AP2013)
The wreckage of Asiana Flight 214 rests at San Francisco International Airport after it crashed. (Noah Berger, AP2013)
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Updated: 7/07/2013 12:44 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- An aviation safety official says accident investigators are looking into what role the shutdown of a key navigational aid may have played in the San Francisco plane crash.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman says the glide slope - a ground-based aid that helps pilots stay on course while landing - had been shut down since June.

She says pilots were sent a notice warning that the glide slope wasn't available.

Hersman tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that there were many other navigation tools available to help pilots land. She says investigators will be "taking a look at it all."

The Asiana Airlines plane crashed as it was about to land Saturday, breaking off its tail and catching fire.

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TrickyRicky - 7/8/2013 1:48 PM
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Even if the glideslope part of the ILS was inop, there are still the VASI lights to help establish and maintain the glidepath. Pilots are trained to land even without any glidepath aids. The glideslope would not have been required since the airport was in VFR conditions and even if they were in IFR conditions, they would still be able to conduct a Localizer approach. The minimum altitudes would just be higher. Unless the pilots were given erroneous speed, VSI or altitude, I believe the pilots let the plane get ahead of them and given the pilot in command had only 43 hours in this type aircraft, this may be the case.
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