SEOUL — Asiana Airlines does not believe that the fatal crash of one of its Boeing 777 planes in San Francisco on Saturday was caused by mechanical failure, although it refused to address whether the fault lay with pilot error.
"For now, we acknowledge that there were no problems caused by the 777-200 plane or [its] engines," Yoon Young-doo, the president and CEO of the airline, told a news conference Sunday at the company headquarters.
Yoon declined to comment directly on whether the crash was due to pilot error, but said the three captains on the aircraft had been fully trained in compliance with Korean regulations and had more than 10,000 flying hours of experience between them.
Yoon also declined to say whether he believed the crash could have been caused by an error by air traffic controllers at San Francisco International Airport.
Saturday's crash, in which two people died, marked the first fatal accident involving a Boeing 777, a family of twin-engined long-haul aircraft that have been in service for 18 years.
With more than 5 million flights, according to Boeing, it remains one of the industry's solid workhorses.