The Asiana Airlines jetliner that crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport had fallen more than 30 knots below its target landing speed seconds before it crashed, but both its engines were revving up at the time of impact, federal accident investigators say.
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At 500 feet and 34 seconds before impact, the plane dropped well below target landing speed of 137 knots to 134 knots.
Speed continued to decrease as the plane continued its decent. At three seconds prior to impact, the flight data recorder "recorded its lowest speed, of 103 knots," said NTSB chairwoman Deborah Hersman. Engines at the time were at about 50% power and engine power was increasing. At impact, air speed was 106 knots, she said, meaning it was speeding up.