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Pilot in fatal plane crash lacked experience in landing Boeing 777

The pilot of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crashed at San Francisco International Airport on July 6 had never landed a Boeing 777, according to a statement made by the airline on Sunday, July 7.

However, Asiana Airlines did say that pilot Lee Kang-gook had a record of 43 hours flying a B777-200, and he had flown several times from Seoul to San Francisco.

An initial assessment by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that the pilot had attempted to abort the landing only seconds before the plane hit the ground. Two teenagers were killed and hundreds of passengers were reportedly wounded in the plane crash.

The NTSB and South Korean investigators plan to interrogate the pilot.

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