Flight 214: Where Are Asiana's Pilots Now?

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July 08 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg’s Adam Johnson and Cory Johnson report on the ongoing investigation of the Asiana flight 214 crash. They speak on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)

We are now a day into this airplane crash.

There are a lot of questions being asked.

The first thing is, where are the pilots right now, and when does the ntsb speak to them?

We understand the pilots are in a hotel near san francisco international airport, and the ntsb has yet to speak to them.

That is an important part of it because we do not know which of the pilots was in control of the plane at the moment of landing.

With four pilots on a plane like this, they would be alternating shifts over the course of this long shot -- of this long flight.

All told, it was probably in the air for more than 12 hours, going from shanghai to seoul, then sold to san francisco.

-- then seou l to san francisco.

What they knew and when they knew it, like so many of the stories, is what this will come down to.

Adam johnson, you have been in the rent is 787. there are a lot of people up front.

A lot of people, and at least for united airlines on the 787 has not just the captain and the copilot, they have what is called a flight captain, a third person sitting there monitoring.

He does not touch controls, he just make sure that the other guys are doing everything correct.

They did not have that.

With an international event like this, do the pilots speak to their nation's safety people first?

Or do they speak to the landing place for us?

That conversation is happening today.

The south korea transportation authority confirms the pilots are speaking to south korea's own investigators.

Curious because that is happening 24 hours because they will sit down and speak to the ntsb.

Tomorrow's meeting is ntsb, the south korean officials, both controllers from the control tower, plus the airport.

Curious there is the one meeting first.

As the investigation continues, there is so much we don't know yet.

Cory johnson, there is so much we do know now in the moments and seconds leading up to the crash at the airport.

Tell us about that.

It was an unusually clear day.

San francisco international airport is known for its cold weather, try them experiencing right now.

Saturday morning was very clear, very low wind.

The flight crashed at 11:27 in the morning.

I was on the other side of the bay at that exact moment, just a lovely day at that point.

But we know the pilots tried to abort the landing in the second before, and the flight was coming in too low.

According to the ntsb, significantly slower than even the plane reported to the tower, and that contributed to the crash and their ability -- and their inability to correct before the impact with the runway.

Bowling has come out with comments too.

What did they say?

Here is the key point.

They have sent a technical team on site working under the direction of the ntsb.

The ceo told me that when these sort of things happen, we attack it.

We put dozens of people on the case to figure out what happened.

To me the station that you mention, 137 knots, 158 -- to me, the distinction, which you mentioned, 137 knots 158 miles an hour -- everybody looks west across the pacific.

Do you think the distinction being in san francisco, between flying a u.s. character -- a u.s. carrier and an international carrier, particularly one not from the major european countries?

I think when we talk about what kind of people were on this flight, it was a saturday flight, a holiday weekend.

We know there were a lot of students on the fly, not a lot of business people.

The ceo of facebook almost got -- the coo of facebook almost got on this flight, did not get on the flight.

There are dozens of flights across every week, erected from seoul -- directly from seoul to san francisco.

It is a common flight.

Two adam's point about the investigation, there is also the engine investigation.

Those engines are apparently going to go all the way back east to be examined in connecticut, where they are initially manufactured.

We should point out, yesterday the ceo of asiana airlines said at this point, "we don't believe there is any mechanical issue with the engine." right away, curious he would say that without the knowledge of any investigation.

That was a very bold statement.

I would also point out that the 777, one of boeing's flagship products, has a pretty strong safety record.

There has been one of other issue -- only one other issue with the 777. over 1100 have been made.

Not just with the 777, but air flying is very safe these days, compared to riding in a car or a taxi.

This is the chart of the day, showing you that you are 70 times more likely to perish in a car crash land in a plane crash.

Many accident tissue but it pilot error and less so -- many accidents attributed to pilot error.

For asiana to come out, the ceo, and say there is no problem with the engines, you can see he is already distancing himself from the pilots, as if to suggest there was a problem.

There will be a full investigation.

It is not our position to speculate.

That is the job of the ntsb.

Curious that you see people positioning to deal with that issue.

On our twitter question of the day -- do you consider

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