The pilot in charge of the Asiana Airlines jet that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday was in his ninth training flight on the Boeing 777 and was 11 flights short of the worldwide standard to get licensed, company officials said.
Pilot Lee Kang-kook had 43 hours of flight experience on the Boeing 777 and Saturday was his first time landing at the airport with that kind of aircraft, Asiana Airlines spokeswoman Lee Hyo-min said today at a news conference in Seoul, South Korea.
“He is a veteran pilot with almost 10,000 hours on other aircrafts like the 747,” she said. “He was in the process of getting a license for the new 777.
“He has flown the new 777 nine times before to Narita [in Tokyo], London, L.A., and more. But, yes, to San Francisco, with that specific 777 type, it was his first,” she added.
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