Asiana Flight 214 Crash: Did investigators share too much?

Two Korean pilots unions released a statement Sunday that seems to criticize American officials for releasing too much information about their investigation of Asiana Flight 214, which crash landed earlier this month in San Francisco.

The Asiana Pilots Union (APU) and Air Line Pilots Association of Korea (ALPA-K) appear to have a real grievance with the NTSB’s proclivity for press conferences. The government agency held several in the days following the crash, though investigators seemed to be relatively guarded with their comments.

“Through the International Federation of Air Line Pilots Association (IFALPA) and the Air Line Pilots Assn., Int’l (ALPA), APU and ALPA-K have conveyed our concerns about the possibility of inaccurately identifying the cause of the accident, due to NTSB’s press conferences which only give prominence to the possibility of a pilot error and unprecedented speed in disclosure of related materials to the public,” the Korean pilots wrote in their statement.

Paradoxically, of course, the NTSB has been widely praised in the United States for being so open with the public and the media.

What do you think? Do the Korean pilots have a point? Or were the press conferences appropriate?

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