NTSB to Work With Korean Counterparts to Investigate Plane Crash

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board says it will work with its Korean counterparts in investigating today’s crash of a Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines Inc. (020560) from Seoul at San Francisco International Airport.

Deborah Hersman, the NTSB chairman, said Washington-based investigators would join three investigators from the Los Angeles area at the airport later today to begin work. Hersman said Boeing Co. (BA), which made the aircraft, would be a part of the investigation.

“We have not determined what the focus of this investigation is,” Hersman said. When asked if the cause might be pilot error, she said, “Everything’s on the table.”

Witnesses said the tail of the aircraft hit the runaway first and broke off as the plane was landing just before noon San Francisco time. It then spun out of control and burst into flames.

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