Asiana pilot says he was blinded by light prior to crash by Bart Jansen, USA TODAY. Story Highlights: – Investigators say the blinding was temporary. – Plane did not begin evacuations immediately. – Three flight attendants were thrown from the plane, but survived. Federal crash investigators revealed Wednesday that the pilot flying Asiana Airlines flight 214 told them that he was temporarily blinded by a bright light when 500 feet above the ground.