Asiana 214 Crash Blamed on Pilot Error

It seems U.S. investigators believe that the crash of Asiana flight 214 in San Francisco was largely due to pilot error, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The paper on Tuesday cited sources familiar with the probe as saying investigators will "release new information this week highlighting that excessive reliance on cockpit computers, combined with pilot confusion about automated thrusts settings led to the crash" at San Francisco International Airport in July.

The story was published just before a hearing of the National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday.

"NTSB investigators and others view the high-profile crash as a prime example of a trend some have dubbed 'automation addiction,'" the paper said.

Automation addiction can cause pilots to lose the ability control the plane manually and recognize dangers due to heavy reliance on automated thrust settings.

The NTSB said it aims to come to a final conclusion by July next year.

englishnews@chosun.com / Dec. 12, 2013 11:34 KST