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Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 9:22 am

Asiana Airlines plans to improve training for its pilots, the carrier’s chief executive said Tuesday, as the investigation into the cause of Saturday’s crash in San Francisco continued.

Asiana chief executive Yoon Young-doo has refused to blame pilot error for the crash, saying, "The two pilots on the plane have enough qualifications, having flown to San Francisco 33 times and 29 times respectively.''

He added, however, that Asiana planned to "beef up" simulated training, especially for non-precision airport approach, referring to a visual landing, as was used by the flight on Saturday. Yoon is due to arrive in San Francisco this morning.

Witnesses said the tail of Asiana flight 214 hit the seawall beyond the end of the runway. The rest of the fuselage slammed down on the pavement, breaking off a piece of the landing gear. NBC's John Yang reports.

Two passengers on Flight 214 were killed and 180 were injured after the Boeing 777 crash landed at 11:27 a.m. PT. - NBCNews.com

For the full story, visit: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/09/19370461-asiana-airline-chief-says-it-plans-to-improve-pilot-training-after-san-francisco-crash?lite

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