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NBC Bay Area’s news team set the bar for coverage of the crash of Asiana flight 214. We provided on the scene live reports, graphics, unique details and facts along with unmatched analysis and aviation expertise. Combined, this coverage gave our audience the news in real time, with unique details learned only through us, told within context, all non-stop and commercial-free for the next seven and a half hours plus new details uncovered by our investigative team in the days immediately following the crash. In the minutes and hours following the crash, NBC Bay Area’s team broke every major detail of the crash, including: • First detailed mapping of the airport and accident scene • First details that the airport’s electronic glide slope was out of service • First survivor interview with first person account of crash • First audio from tower • First detailed coordinates of the plane’s position during landing, including its unstabilized approach • First to report the plane had been coming in too low and too slow to land safely • First details of how one passenger fatality was caused by a fire truck running over her
NBC Bay Area’s news team set the bar for coverage with big-picture context and expert analysis without speculation in the hours and days after Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6, 2013. Beyond having the major facts and developments of the breaking news first, NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit over the following months deepened that coverage with investigations that exposed safety issues within the aviation industry; issues that both the FAA and NTSB later confirmed and acknowledged as critical safety concerns. The Unit: •First widely exposed the danger that pilots tend to become addicted to automation in the cockpit •First uncovered the little-known Flight Level Change Mode trap as a potential safety issue, one that may have played a role in this crash •First to go inside and tour several international flight schools based in the U.S. where pilots such as the Asiana crew trained •First to uncover questionable gaps in training and experience of young, foreign pilots who come to the U.S. to learn to fly commercial large-body airplanes
This Wall Street Journal article looks at the escalating danger of ground collisions as the airline industry sees a surge in air traffic. According to this report, ground safety becomes even more critical as retirements and rapidly expanding operations bring new workers into the industry.