Pilot: Flash of light didn't affect vision

Pilot: Flash of light didn't affect vision

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Federal officials say the pilot flying the Asiana Airlines plane that crashed in San Francisco told investigators the light he saw during his final approach did not affect his vision.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said Thursday the pilot was still able to see the flight control instruments after the flash.

He told investigators the light may have been a reflection of the sun.

Two people died and 180 of the 307 passengers were hurt when Flight 214 slammed into a seawall Saturday at the end of the runway. The impact ripped off the back of the plane and tossed three flight attendants and their seats onto the runway.

The airliner, which came in too low and too slow, spun and skidded 100 feet before stopping.