Pilot error emerges as prevailing theory in SFO plane crash

An Asiana Airlines spokesman, speaking to the Wall Street Journal, identified the co-pilot of a plane that crashed in San Francisco Saturday as Lee Kang-guk. He was born in 1967 and had less than 10,000 hours of flying time, with only 43 hours of that time spent piloting 777s (the type of aircraft that crashed).

He previously had landed aircraft at San Francisco International but this was his first 777 landing at that airport, the spokesman said. If Asiana adheres to global industry standards, a big chunk of the co-pilot's 43 hours were logged in a 777 simulator rather than during actual flights, according to safety experts. And he still would have been under special supervision by a senior Asiana training captain.

Pilot Error Eyed in San Francisco Plane Crash [WSJ.com]