Date & Time: Jul 6, 2013 at 1127 LT
Type of aircraft:
Boeing 777-200
Operator:
Registration:
HL7742
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Seoul - San Francisco
MSN:
29171/553
YOM:
2005
Flight number:
AAR214
Crew on board:
16
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
291
Pax fatalities:
3
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
9793
Captain / Total hours on type:
43
Copilot / Total hours on type:
3220
Circumstances:
On final approach to San Francisco International Airport, aircraft was too low. About seven seconds before impact, copilot requested engine power while the stick shaker activated. One second and a half prior to impact, at a speed of 103 knots, pilot decided to peform a go around but this was too late. Aircraft hit a sea wall located between the Bay of San Francisco and the threshold of runway 28L, 115 metres short of runway. On impact, empennage was sheared off. Aircraft crashed, lost its both engines and all undercarriage before coming to rest in flames 490 metres further, on left side of the runway. Two passengers were killed while 132 others were injured. 175 people were uninjured as the aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. A passenger who was in critical conditions died six days later. PIC had logged only 43 flying hours on B777 and was still under supervision by an instructor at the time of the accident. For unknown reasons, crew was approaching at a too low altitude, under the approach slope in very good weather conditions.