GPS-aided landing could have avoided Asiana flight crash

GPS-aided landing could have avoided Asiana flight crash

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San Francisco: The Asiana Airlines Flight 214 pilots could have avoided the crash landing by using a GPS system rather than relying on visual approach at the San Francisco International Airport (SFIA) on July 6. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has now advised all foreign airlines to use a GPS system instead of cockpit instruments and visual approach when landing at the SFIA.

Investigators have found that the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 pilots had been cleared to make a visual approach landing (using the view through the windshield) when the plane crash-landed. Reports suggest that the pilot wanted to abort the landing seconds before the accident. In clear weather, it”s typical for pilots to make a visual approach, using the view through their windshield. The pilots can also use an instrument system called a glide slope indicator, although that has been out of service in San Francisco since June 1 because of ongoing runway improvements. The FAA has therefore advised all foreign airlines to use GPS system when landing at the SFIA.

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