A good friend who flies for one of the US majors put this up on Facebook in the last few days. It is his account of flying into San Francisco to land on the same runway that saw the Asiana accident a few weeks ago.
I have modified a few of his words slightly for de-identification purposes, but most of them are his own:
“I flew into SFO arriving on Big Sur STAR, transitioning to SFO visual runway 28 Left.
“Weather, like the day of Asiana, was severe clear. There was a European carrier’s 744 behind me and ATC was asking him if he’d like to fly the GPS RNAV approach to 28 Left, and he declined, saying it was not an authorized procedure for his airline; this started a discussion about other approach options.
“I was wondering why ATC was pushing this approach to him, when looking out the window using 3 to 1 with all the toys turned off worked just fine on my bird!
“We are making this too difficult. Why didn’t ATC just offer a visual approach, or have FAA suddenly become skittish about those feared words, and , perhaps, some liability issues?”