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Jul 12, 2013

Third person dies in Asiana air crash -San Francisco hospital

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A Chinese girl died in hospital on Friday, becoming the third fatality in the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet at San Francisco airport last Saturday, doctors and Chinese officials said.

The child, who died on Friday morning, had been in critical condition, according to a statement from two doctors at San Francisco General Hospital. The girl was a Chinese national, according to the Chinese consulate in San Francisco.

Jul 12, 2013

Analysis: 911 calls highlight emergency response challenges in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tapes of 911 emergency calls made moments after an Asiana Airlines jet crashed at San Francisco airport last Saturday reveal panic and confusion, and highlight some possible problems as emergency services raced to the scene.

The crash of the Boeing 777 killed two and injured more than 180. The first police and fire personnel arrived at the crash scene in about two minutes, and local officials said brave rescue efforts and effective triage of the many wounded likely saved lives.

Jul 12, 2013

911 calls highlight emergency response challenges in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO, July 12 (Reuters) – Tapes of 911 emergency
calls made moments after an Asiana Airlines jet crashed at San
Francisco airport last Saturday reveal panic and confusion, and
highlight some possible problems as emergency services raced to
the scene.

The crash of the Boeing 777 killed two and injured
more than 180. The first police and fire
personnel arrived at the crash scene in about two minutes, and
local officials said brave rescue efforts and effective triage
of the many wounded likely saved lives.

Jul 11, 2013

Emergency calls reveal chaos, long waits in aftermath of Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tapes of 911 emergency calls made moments after the Asiana plane crash at San Francisco airport last Saturday reveal panic and confusion, with passengers describing severe injuries and long waits for help.

The California Highway Patrol released 11 minutes of call audio tapes late on Wednesday. The crash of the Boeing 777 killed two and injured more than 180.

Jul 9, 2013

Asiana plane was far below target speed before San Francisco crash

SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL (Reuters) – The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco’s international airport was flying 25 percent below its intended air speed before slamming into the ground, U.S. safety officials said on Monday as attention increasingly focused on the actions of the pilots.

All four pilots were being interviewed on Monday by investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and other agencies, NTSB chairwoman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference in San Francisco. Saturday’s crash killed two teenage Chinese passengers and injured more than 180 other people.

Jul 8, 2013

Pilot of crashed Asiana plane was in 777 training

SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL, July 8 (Reuters) – The pilot of the
crashed Asiana plane at San Francisco airport was still “in
training” for the Boeing 777 when he attempted to land the
aircraft under supervision on Saturday, the South Korean airline
said.

Lee Kang-kook, the second most junior pilot of four on board
the Asiana Airlines aircraft, had 43 hours’
experience flying the long-range jet, it said on Monday. The
plane’s crew tried to abort the descent less than two seconds
before it hit a seawall, bounced along the tarmac and burst into
flames.

Jul 8, 2013

Crew tried to abort landing before San Francisco air crash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco’s airport on Saturday was traveling “significantly below” its intended speed and its crew tried to abort the landing just seconds before it hit the seawall in front of the runway, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said on Sunday.

Information collected from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder indicated that there were no signs of trouble until seven seconds before impact, when the crew tried to accelerate, NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said at a news conference at the airport.

Jul 7, 2013

Investigators seek cause of deadly plane crash San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 (Reuters) – U.S. officials examined
flight information recorders and began investigating the crash
of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that burst into flames upon
landing in San Francisco, killing two teenaged Chinese students
and injuring more than 180 people, officials said on Sunday.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of Saturday’s
accident but Asiana said mechanical failure did not
appear to be a factor. The airline declined to blame either the
pilot or the San Francisco control tower.

Jul 7, 2013

Plane with 300 aboard crashes in San Francisco; two dead

SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL, July 7 (Reuters) – An Asiana Airlines
Boeing 777 with 307 people on board crashed and burst into
flames as it landed at San Francisco International Airport after
a flight from Seoul, killing two people and injuring more than
180.

Witnesses to Saturday’s crash said the tail of the plane
appeared to hit the approach area of the runway, which juts out
into San Francisco Bay, as it came in for landing.

Jul 7, 2013

Two killed, many injured as South Korean airliner crashes, burns in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 with 307 people on board crashed and burst into flames as it landed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday after a flight from Seoul, and initial reports said two people were killed and more than 130 sent to hospitals.

After approaching the airport across San Francisco Bay, the plane appeared to strike the edge of the approach area of the runway. The tail came off and the aircraft left a trail of debris before coming to rest beside the runway.