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NTSB eyes lack of landing tool in air crash

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.

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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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