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Crash probe renews debate over culture in aviation

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MARTHA MENDOZA and STEPHEN BRAUN | December 12, 2013 02:51 PM EST | AP

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WASHINGTON (AP) — New details about the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet have renewed questions about whether a culture of strict deference to more-senior pilots can compromise air safety.

Evidence from the National Transportation Safety Board this week shows there was confusion and poor communication in the cockpit of the Asiana jet as it approached San Francisco International Airport in July.

Two of the pilots told investigators they opted against voicing critical concerns or grabbing the controls because they were subordinate to the instructor.

The plane's tail clipped a seawall, and the aircraft spun down the runway. Three Chinese teens died, including one who was run over by two fire trucks as rescuers rushed to the scene.

The NTSB hasn't identified a cause of the crash yet.