Asiana Pilots Reveal New Details on Cause of Crash

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The National Transportation Safety Board has revealed new information regarding the pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and what went wrong in Saturday's crash.

The pilots told NTSB investigators they were relying on automatic throttle controls and that they discovered too late the plane had slowed far beyond the set landing speed.

"He (the pilot) recognized that the auto throttles were not maintaining speed and he established a go-around attitude," NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said.

The crash that followed killed two of the 307 people on board and injured hundreds of others. Five people are still in critical condition, many others sustained serious spinal and internal injuries from being whipped back and forth as the plane spun.

"Oh my God, maybe we're going to die right now, because it felt maybe it would roll," crash survivor Elliot Stone recounted.

NTSB investigators say there were four pilots on board the plane at the time of the landing. Three of them were on the flight deck.

The supervising pilot had 3,000 hours of experience logged on the Boeing 777, but Saturday's flight was his first trip as an instructor pilot.

"This was the first time that he and the flying pilot had flown together," Hersman said.

Still, in a press conference Tuesday, investigators cautioned the public from jumping to conclusions as to whether a mechanical or pilot error caused the crash.

Investigators are now looking into the auto throttles, specifically how they were working and how they were used.

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