(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by The National Transportation Safety Board and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
Agency provides third investigative update on San Francisco
October 25, 2013 
WASHINGTON - The National Transportation Safety Board is
convening a 2-day investigative hearing to discuss the ongoing
investigation into the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 and
to gather additional factual information. The hearing, which
will be held December 10-11, 2013, at the NTSB’s Board Room and
Conference Center in Washington, DC, will focus on pilot
awareness in highly automated aircraft, emergency response, and
cabin safety. Parties participating in the investigative hearing
will be announced at a later time. 
Below is an update of the ongoing investigation. This is a
factual update only and no interviews are being conducted. 
• The investigator-in-charge and investigators from the
Operations and Human Performance Group traveled to Korea and met
with officials from Asiana Airlines and the KARAIB. While in
Korea, investigators conducted numerous interviews with Asiana
management and training personnel, observed Asiana procedures in
a simulator and an exemplar aircraft, and gathered further
documentation on airline training and policies. 
• NTSB investigators from the Maintenance Group also traveled to
Korea and reviewed the records for the accident airplane,
including the maintenance that had been performed on the
evacuation slides. 
• The Survival Factors Group conducted an examination of the
evacuation slide/raft systems at the manufacturer’s facility in
New Jersey and is planning future testing of the systems. The
group also re-examined the wreckage to gather additional
information about the fire propagation and structural damage.
Following that examination, the wreckage was sectioned and moved
to a secure storage facility. 
• Investigators and party members met in Seattle to examine the
recorded flight data and compare it to the expected airplane
systems operation. The Systems Group is currently developing a
test plan for the mode control panel and the Vehicle Performance
Group is finalizing the event simulation match. 
Further investigative updates and investigative hearing
information will be issued as events warrant. For the latest,
follow the investigation on Twitter at @NTSB, or on our website
at ntsb.gov. Sign up for news releases at
Contact Information
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490 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, DC 20594 
Keith Holloway
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