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Grant Bradley

Aviation, tourism and energy writer for the Business Herald

Status quo for Air NZ after Asiana inquiry

The crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco airport killed three people. Photo / AP
The crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco airport killed three people. Photo / AP

Air New Zealand, which operates the type of Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco last year, says it has not had to change its procedures in the wake of the accident to which some cockpit equipment has been found to have contributed.

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An inquiry has largely blamed the Asiana Airlines pilots who bungled the landing of Flight 214 but said the complexity of the Boeing 777's autothrottle and auto flight director contributed. Manuals provided to airlines by Boeing that fail to make clear under what conditions the autothrottle does not automatically maintain speed were also faulted in the US National Transportation Safety Board inquiry.

Three teenage passengers died as a result of the crash last July. Air New Zealand operates eight Boeing 777-200s.

A spokeswoman said the airline reviewed all relevant incidents and accidents at the earliest opportunity and it had not had cause to make any changes to training and procedures since the Asiana Airlines accident.

She said the correct operation of the automation systems formed an important part of the airline's pilot training programme.

- NZ Herald

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