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US plane crash: 'low speed' finding

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The crew of the Asiana Airlines plane that crashed Saturday (July 6) at San Francisco airport tried to increase its speed and abort its landing just seconds before it hit the sea wall in front of the airport runway, according to flight recorders recovered by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman, speaking at a news conference at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) also said there were no indications of any problems with the plane or the landing until 7 seconds before impact, when the crew tried to increase the plane's speed. Hersman said data recorders show the plane was travelling "significantly below" the planned speed.

"I will tell you that the speed was significantly below 137 knots and we're not talking about a few knots. We still have to corroborate some information, as I mentioned, this was a preliminary read of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder." she said.