(Washington Post) A comment by the top US air safety official, assessing the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco, sounds innocuous to the average ear, but it might amount to a link with a remarkable 1999 crash of a Boeing 747 in London, and the hierarchical structure of Korean culture.

“We are looking at communication between the two crew members,” US National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said from the scene where the South Korean Boeing 777 crashed on Saturday, killing two teenaged girls bound from China to a summer camp in the United States.

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