07/07/2013 01:00 pm ET Updated Jul 07, 2013

San Francisco Crash Investigation Looking Into Possible Pilot Error


The investigation into the horrific crash at San Francisco airport is looking into a potential pilot error that may have caused the incident.

The CEO of Asiana Airlines said that the company had ruled out a mechanical error on Sunday, and a federal safety official acknowledged that the plane had state-of-the-art technology.

"It's also about the pilots' recognition of the circumstances and what's going on, and so for them to be able to assess what's happening and make the right inputs to make sure they're in a safe situation," National Transportation Safety Board chair Deborah Hersman said on CNN's State Of The Union on Sunday. "That's what we expect from pilots. We want to understand what happened in this situation."

Hersman said it was too early to draw conclusions, but that the pilot of the ill-fated plane would be interviewed.

"It’s really very early in the investigation, she said on ABC's This Week. "We just arrived on scene a few hours ago. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We have teams that will be looking at aircraft operations, at human performance, survival factors, and we’ll be looking at the aircraft. We’ll be looking at power plants, systems and structures. And so we really want to make sure we have a good understanding of the facts before we reach any conclusions."

The Asiana Airlines flight crashed at San Francisco's airport on Saturday killed two people and injured nearly 200.