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February 25th, 2014
07:04 PM ET

$500K fine for Asiana Airlines

The U.S. government is fining Asiana Airlines $500,000 for their inadequate response time to family members of the crash victims after last July's accident.

December 11th, 2013
06:58 PM ET

New details of Asiana flight's final seconds

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board have released new video and surveillance recordings that prove the plane's tail hit a sea-wall and raise questions about pilot automation. CNN's René Marsh reports.


Filed under: Asiana Airlines Flight 214 • NTSB • Rene Marsh
July 15th, 2013
11:12 AM ET

Third Asiana 214 crash victim dies

Authorities say a minor who had been in critical condition after a Boeing 777 crashed in San Francisco has died.

RELATED STORY: Asiana to proceed with TV station suit, but NTSB is off the hook

July 12th, 2013
10:58 AM ET

NTSB chief's surprising background

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman is the face of the investigation into the crash of Asiana Flight 214.

She’s a wife, a mother of three and a triathlete. Hersman has also competed in races like the Warrior Dash, a five-kilometer “mud run” complete with an obstacle course designed to test your strength and stamina.

Friends who watch her crisscross the country leading NTSB investigations call her an expert multi-tasker.

“My guess is, when she gets that call, she’s already prepared two to three days of meals,” says former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, who hired Hersman as an intern when she attended Virginia Tech. Hersman than served as a congressional aide to Wise from 1992-1999.

Hersman doesn’t have a pilot’s license, but is the daughter of a former Air Force pilot and she does have prior experience with transportation issues.

After working for Wise, she served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation before joining the NTSB in 2004. Five years later, President Obama appointed her chairman.

She’s been on the scene of more than 20 major transportation accidents including the last commercial plane crash in the U.S, the 2009 Colgan Air crash near Buffalo, New York.

But she hasn’t avoided criticism. The Airline Pilots Association sounded the alarm saying the NTSB was releasing too much information too soon about the Asiana 214 crash. A firm believer in transparency, Hersman continues to provide information to the public.

RELATED STORY: NTSB: 2 Asiana pilots call for landing to be aborted

July 10th, 2013
11:13 AM ET

See textbook landing at SFO from cockpit

CNN's Paul Vercammen flies with a professional pilot to illustrate a typical approach to the San Francisco airport.

RELATED STORY: NTSB urges caution on apportioning blame in Asiana crash

July 10th, 2013
11:08 AM ET

NTSB: Pilot halfway through 777 training

The NTSB chairman describes the experience of the pilots in the Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco.

RELATED STORY: NTSB: Asiana jet pilot was halfway through training to fly Boeing 777

July 9th, 2013
11:08 AM ET

Speed may be a factor in Asiana crash

Evidence suggests Asiana Flight 214 might have been flying too slow to land safely at San Francisco's airport Saturday.

RELATED STORY: Asiana Flight 214 was traveling slower than recommended on landing

July 8th, 2013
07:20 PM ET

NTSB head: There's so much we don't know

Wolf Blitzer talks with NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman about the status of the investigation into the Asiana plane crash.

RELATED STORY: Asiana Flight 214 was traveling slower than recommended on landing

July 8th, 2013
11:09 AM ET

Passenger: 'We just jumped off' plane

CNN's Wolf Blitzer talks to a passenger of the Boeing 777 plane that crashed at the San Francisco airport.

RELATED STORY: Crew, aircraft focus in Asiana crash, NTSB chair says