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Crash probe renews debate over culture in aviation

December 13, 2013 • Business


Mike O’Donnell, FAA, Director, Office of Airport Safety and Standards AAS-1, left, speaks with Assistant Deputy Chief Dale Carnes, San Francisco Fire Department, as they take their seats on a panel for a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigative hearing in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, on the crash landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. The two-dozen witnesses at the hearing include representatives of Asiana, Boeing Co., the Federal Aviation Administration and the Korean government Office of Civil Aviation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

New details about the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet have renewed questions about whether a culture of strict deference to more-senior pilots can compromise air safety.

Documents and testimony from the National Transportation Safety Board this week showed there was confusion and poor communication in the cockpit of the Asiana jet as it approached San Francisco International Airport in July. Two of the pilots told Login to read more

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