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  •  Doesn't sound unusual to me (7+ / 0-)

    If you fly a lot, you've been in the plane the first time a pilot has landed a particular plane outside of a simulator situation.  This was the 8th time this pilot landed a 777 - and there's nothing inherently difficult about a trans-ocean flight, and nothing difficult about landing at SFO. Especially with the weather what it was that day.

    The pilot in question was not inexperienced, he had 9700 hours on other planes, including the big ones, and eight landings in other cities with the 777.

    We've been on a remarkable stretch of safe flying in the U.S., without a mass-casualty event for the past eleven years - and still counting.  But people and machines aren't perfect and there will be accidents.

    •  Yeah, I was thinking along the same lines. (0+ / 0-)

      My neighbor just qualified on the A330 (if memory serves) and he was taking one to Europe and back very soon thereafter. He was hardly a novice in airplanes, but with that particular model he was a relative newby.

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      by journeyman on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:35:06 PM PDT

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