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Asiana to Strengthen Pilot Training After San Francisco Crash

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Asiana Airlines Inc., the South Korean carrier that suffered a fatal jet crash in San Francisco July 6, said it will strengthen training for pilots and increase their evaluations after its first accident since 2011.

The airline will increase the number of hours of simulated training to help improve approaches at airports that lack proper landing guidance systems, Seoul-based Asiana said in an e-mailed statement today. It will also have an outside company evaluate the carrier’s safety standards.

Three people died after an Asiana Boeing Co. 777 struck a seawall short of a runway at San Francisco International Airport, sending the plane spinning off the tarmac. More than 300 survived the crash, the first fatal airline accident in the U.S. since 2009.

Asiana will also increase the number of safety experts to strengthen safety evaluation procedures and will boost maintenance of its aircraft, the airline said.

Chief Executive Officer Yoon Young Doo said July 9 that the company will look at strengthening training of its pilots.

The July 6 accident was Asiana’s worst since 1993, when a Boeing 737 crashed in Mokpo, south of Seoul, killing 66 people, according to the National Archives of Korea. The airline’s previous disaster was the crash of its cargo freighter in the sea south of Jeju island in July 2011.

The accident dented Asiana’s reputation as one of the top carriers in the world for service, honed over a quarter century since its formation in the run-up to the 1988 Seoul Olympics. South Korea plans to tighten aviation rules as the crash triggered concerns about the nation’s safety regulations.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kyunghee Park in Singapore at kpark3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anand Krishnamoorthy at anandk@bloomberg.net

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