Apparently it is not routine to employ surveillance videos of airplane landings at airport runways in the United States. On July 6, the crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport was inadvertently recorded by a tourist across the bay who happened to be video recording airline traffic at the airport, probably on his cell phone. It was obvious that the landing approach of the plane was too low just from this video.
On July 25, a tragic train accident in Santiago de Compostela in Spain was fully recorded by surveillance video, leading to the almost immediate conclusion that the train was traveling way too fast. In both cases. There are electronic data records made on equipment in both the airliner and train, but a visual record of these events provides critical information needed to determine their cause and prevention in the future. A picture is worth 1,000 words and maybe more than a terabyte of data.
If true, why aren't airplane landings routinely recorded at all major airports? Video records are routinely made inside airport terminals and at grocery stores, road intersections, banks, restaurants, malls, homes, etc, etc; but apparently not on runways when huge airliners land with up to 500 people on board. This is not rocket science, just common sense. I hope I am wrong but I don't think so and maybe the National Transportation Safety Board needs to demand routine runway video surveillance.
Upper St. Clair