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Dec 10, 2013 5:41 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

NTSB hearing on SF crash now slated for Wednesday


WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board says is now planning to hold its hearing Wednesday into the crash-landing of an Asiana jet at San Francisco International Airport that left three Chinese teens dead.

The hearing was originally scheduled as a two-day series of panels Tuesday and Wednesday, but it was postponed due to wintry weather.

The safety board wants to examine whether the Korean airline's pilots were overly reliant on the Boeing 777's computer systems when they approached too low and slow before striking a seawall and tumbling across the runway in July.

The board says the hearing will focus on "pilot awareness in a highly automated aircraft." There are also plans to review the emergency response.

The hearing is now slated to take place Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at NTSB headquarters.

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