Any Airport Video Of Asiana Flight 214 Mishap?

Initial reports from San Francisco airport (SFO) seem to indicate that the Asiana Airlines 777 that crashed yesterday landed short of Runway 28L, hitting the seawall hard enough to sever the entire tail section of the aircraft, wipe out the landing gear and tear both engines loose. Fortunately, early reports have only two fatalities, with most of the passengers able to escape the mishap uninjured.  The only video I’ve seen so far are post-crash, from overhead news helicopters or from further away.  Of course speculation has begun on the cause of the mishap, from pilot error to aircraft mechanical failure. Air Traffic Control (ATC) from the SFO tower makes it sound as if the landing approach was routine until the point of impact, with no distress calls from the Flight 214 cockpit, which would indicate that any aircraft problem was unknown to the crew. If airport video is available, it would certainly aid in the investigation and confirm or deny eyewitness accounts that the Asiana 777 approach appeared to be slower, and with a higher nose attitude, than normal. If no airport video is available, it raises the issue that I’ve mentioned in previous posts here and here: airport video cameras should be standard at all major airports handling commercial traffic. I’ll repeat what I said in some of my posts from several years ago: “Even though airline travel is still very safe, the majority of
commercial aircraft mishaps occur during the takeoff or landing phase of
flight. With relatively inexpensive digital video cameras and recorders
available these days, it shouldn’t be too expensive to have several
cameras positioned to give varying views of the active runways. If
nothing happens, which is 99.99% of the time, no big deal, you just
erase the digital video at the end of each day. However, if there is a
mishap, the ability to quickly look at video from different angles would
greatly aid in determining what went wrong.”

The NTSB makes many recommendations at the conclusion of a major airline mishap investigation, covering subjects such as crew training, airport factors, aircraft design, survivability factors, and the type of flight data recorders on aircraft. Maybe it is time for the NTSB to recommend video cameras at airports to help squelch rampant speculation in the immediate aftermath of an aircraft mishap, and also to hasten the factual findings of the investigation. I anxiously wait to see if any airport video surfaces in the coming days that may provide concrete information on the cause of the Asiana Flight 214 mishap at SFO.