A flight simulator provides a cockpit view from a Boeing 777 approaching SFO runway at speeds and altitudes of Asiana Flight 214. Stephen Stock reports.
What did it look like for the cockpit crew of Flight 214 approaching runway 28L at SFO on Saturday morning?
NBC Bay Area got a simulated view of the approach Monday afternoon at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.
"This is what it would've looked like on final approach," Museum CEO Jeff Bass told NBC Bay Area, referring to the pilot perspective of the simulator game, as he navigated the virtual plane over the bay and onto the runway.
He ran the simulation several times, attempting to fly at the same altitudes and speeds as the plane, provided by NTSB Spokesman Debra Hersman earlier afternoon after reviewing evidence from the plane's black boxes.
"As we try to recreate it we keep landing short but that’s essentially what happened," Bass said.
The simulated plane crashed a few of those times in the water prior to the runway, others, the program allowed it to land.
"I'm just below 500 feet at 134 knots," Bass said during on simulation. That's exactly where Asiana's Boeing 777 was Saturday morning 34 seconds before crashing. However, instead of maintaining this speed or accelerating to the recommended landing speed of 137 knots, the plane slowed, finally hitting ground at 106 knots.
To simulate the crash, Bass let the knots tick down on the simulator. That time the animated plane landed, but veteran pilot Bob Kibort said, that wouldn't happen in reality.
"Different planes have different speeds you want to shoot for," Kibort told NBC Bay Area. "If you're below that speed you better damn well speed up."
Kibort flew for United Airlines for 27 years and says he's landed at SFO thousands of times. He emphasized the importance of maintaining the recommended landing speed.
"Speed in an airplane is life," Kibort said.
According to NTSB Chairman, the crew did try to pull the throttle and accelerate eight seconds before hitting the ground. Kibort said at that point, it's too late.
"You don’t have instant acceleration of the engines," he said, "it takes time."
A preliminary review of the crash by federal investigators turns up the following:
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