Instantly after the crash incident took place, many individuals, news companies, and different stakeholders in the situation such as the NTSB started looking for the root cause of the crash. At the time of the incident, many speculations surfaced regarding what caused the actual incident. In the initial speculations, mechanical errors were rumored to be the root cause(Gred, 2013). After some time, the Huffington Post posted a report on its website that said that the crash was caused by the malfunctioning of auto throttle mechanism, which probably did not provide enough power to the main engines to abort the landing. By that time, the NTSB investigation has ruled out the possibility of the crash being caused by a mechanical error. However, most parts of the speculations at the time were placing the blame of the crash on the pilots of the flight 214. Some speculations were made to suggest that the pilots of the plane were very inexperienced. However, the Asiana Airlines official spokesperson rejected such statements and said that both the pilots had thousands of hours of flying experience(Joan, 2013). While the reason for it wasn’t still clear, NTSB did made the statement at the time that the crash was caused by the plane not receiving enough power to abort the landing and ended up crashing.
While the NTSB report takes quite some time to provide exact conclusion about what really caused the crash. Some things were already known at the time. The flight 214, at the day of the crash, took what is called in the airlines industry a “hard landing” and it was little before the landing strip(Brigham, 2013). It was concluded that the flight 214 was actually flying on speed slower than the required landing speed and it went further slower as it reached the threshold. The plane finally crashed when it was still 80 feet short of the landing strip. As per the data provided by Asiana Airlines and the NTSB reports, the fatalities and most critical injuries occurred to people who were sitting in the rear end of the flight 214(William, 2013). The NTSB has adjourned the hearing about the case on 11 December 2013 while made the statement that the investigation was yet to conclude.