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(WASHINGTON) — Asiana Airlines pilots mismanaged a confusing auto-pilot system, causing the jetliner to crash and kill three people at San Francisco International Airport last year, federal officials said on Tuesday.

At a hearing Tuesday, authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board said confusion over whether one of the airplane’s controls was maintaining air speed was responsible for the crash landing.

Officials also faulted Asiana Airlines’ pilot training and said the auto throttle of the Boeing 777, along with materials provided by the maker, did not make clear when the controls did not automatically maintain speed.

The Boeing 777 came in to the airport too low and too slow, hit a seawall and cartwheeled down the runway in the July 6, 2013 crash.

One of the three teens who died, Ye Meng Yuan, was run over and killed by a rescue vehicle as she lay on the tarmac. In addition, more than 200 people were injured.

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