Asiana Airlines Spared Greater Catastrophe Because of 'Marvelous Bird'

Lastly, experts told ABC News, improved onboard computers have done the most to advance aircraft safety.

It is very likely, experts said, that the pilot training on the 777 had disabled the plane's autopilot in order to best learn to manually fly the aircraft.

"The most significant improvements to safety are the computers in the cockpit," Gaynard said. "Had the pilot engaged the auto-throttle, had he pushed one button, things could have been much different."

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