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FAA urges foreign airlines to use GPS at San Francisco airport

The Federal Aviation Administration says an Asiana Airlines plane crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, July 6, 2013.

July 29, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Federal Aviation Administration is urging foreign airlines to use a GPS system instead of visual reckoning and cockpit instruments when landing at San Francisco International Airport.

The move comes in the wake of the Asiana Airlines crash and after the FAA says it noticed an increase in the number of go-arounds by certain foreign carriers. The means that pilots would abort a landing and circle for another approach.

Pilots on Asiana Airlines Flight 214 had been cleared to make a visual approach when the plane crash-landed on July 6. Three people died and dozens were injured.

The plane came in too low and too slow, slamming its landing gear into a seawall well before the actual runway. Seconds before the accident, the pilots called for a go-around.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.