Korean Transport Ministry protests to NTSB over crash probe

Korean Transport Ministry protests to NTSB over crash probe

SOUTH KOREA - The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has sent a letter of protest to the US National Transportation Safety Board, displaying unease over the ongoing investigation into Asiana Airlines Flight 214.

The ministry on Saturday faxed a two-page letter to NTSB chairperson Deborah Hersman, demanding that the US board implement an impartial investigation, according to officials on Sunday.

The NTSB should provide information related to the plane crash on a regular basis and from an objective perspective, the ministry said in the letter.

It also demanded that the NTSB abide by international protocol, implying that the board has so far revealed too much information to the public.

Ever since the plane crash-landed on July 6 in San Francisco, killing three passengers and injuring many others, the Korean ministry and the US board have largely been at odds over the cause of the accident.

According to the International Civil Aviation Organisation rules, the investigation is to be led by the United States, and Korea is to play a supporting role as the plane's country of registration.

The NTSB, though it refrained from jumping into conclusions, repeatedly underlined that no flaws had been detected in the plane or the airport's control system. Such stance added weight to the speculation that the accident may be attributable to pilot negligence.

"No evidence of mechanical failure was found, whereas the flight data records showed that the pilots failed to detect the abnormal flight altitude and speed," Hersman said once again on Thursday.

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