Plane crash survivors recount doomed flight to San Francisco (+video)

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  • Igualmente Mesa, AZ
    July 9, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    So the pilot making the landing had only 43 hours or 9 flights at the controls of a 777 aircraft (including whatever time he logged on this 10-hour trip). It was also his very first time to land a 777 at SFO, and his last..

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 7, 2013 9:51 p.m.

    Make that "...routine, not rocket science, because..."

    And .."...take-off every day at every airport in the country."

    Sorry for the errors.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 7, 2013 9:03 p.m.

    Landing at San Francisco isn't as dangerous as landing at San Diego. There are hundreds of flights that land and take-off every day at every in the country. Flying a plane is routine, rocket science, because of the thousands of daily flights that have no issues. When you realize if you have a good vs average pilot is when there is wind shear, cross winds that gust back and forth, etc.

    SFO has taken off-line some landing aids, which is troublesome to be sure. If there is a problem, I'd much rather roll off the end than come up short. By going off the end at least you are on the runway slowing down whereas coming up short you never get to it before hitting the ground. I can tell you as I look out the window and see the ground zooming up towards me I am always grateful when we cross the arrows and the numbers on the end of the runway so I know we are over it. With as long as runways are, why do they try and land in the first couple hundred feet? That just doesn't make sense to me.

  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    July 7, 2013 7:15 p.m.

    I've never enjoyed landing at the San Francisco airport. As seen from passenger windows, the plane seems to fly just a few feet above the water and then the runway suddenly appears. It's even less fun at night in the fog or rain. And yet the last fatality at that airport was 49 years ago... so flying must be pretty safe.

  • Rustymommy Clovis, NM
    July 7, 2013 8:09 a.m.

    How blessed that only 2 didn't survive. It might have been all of them. My condolences to those who lost loved ones. Prayers for those who survived but must be traumatized by this incident. God bless each and every one.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    July 6, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    Our best wishes are with the passengers and crew of this wrecked plane as the impacts become known.

    We don't often appreciate the safety record of our airlines until such tragedies as these highlight it by exception.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    July 6, 2013 5:40 p.m.

    I hate landing in planes.