Airlines

Asiana Pilot Claims He Was Blinded By Light Before Crash

Happened about 35 seconds before impact

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The pilot of a plane which crashed at San Francisco airport, killing two people, may have been temporarily blinded by a bright light as he came into land.

Lee Kang Kuk, who was making his first landing at the airport and had just 43 hours' experience at the controls of the Boeing 777, said he saw a bright flash as he approached the runway.

It happened around 35 seconds before impact when Asiana Airlines flight 214 was around 500ft (150m) off the ground—the point at which the aircraft began to slow down and drop steeply.