Investigators Look For Answers In San Francisco Crash [VIDEO]
The National Transportation Safety Board says Asiana Airlines Flight 214 attempted two landings at San Francisco International Airport as new video of the crash is released.
8:09 p.m. – A San Francisco-area coroner whose office received the bodies of two teenage victims of the Asiana plane crash says officials are conducting an autopsy to determine if one of the girls was run over and killed by a rescue vehicle. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault says Sunday that senior San Francisco Fire Department officials notified him and his staff at the crash site on Saturday that one of the 16-year-olds may have been struck on the runaway. Foucrault says an autopsy he expects to be completed by Monday will involve determining whether the girl’s death was caused by injuries suffered in the crash or “a secondary incident.” He says he did not get a close enough look at the victims on Saturday to know whether they had external injuries.
5:14 p.m. – The cockpit voice recorder from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 showed the jetliner tried to abort its landing and come around for another try 1.5 seconds before it crashed at San Francisco airport.National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman says at a news conference Sunday the recorder also showed there was a call to increase airspeed roughly two seconds before impact. Before that, she says, there was no indication in the recordings that the aircraft was having any problems.
2:41 p.m. – CNN reports that Doctors at San Francisco General Hospital, which is treating 19 patients, have seen a wide range of injuries after Saturday’s plane crash landing including “large amounts of abdominal injuries, a huge amount of spine fractures, some of which include paralysis and head trauma,” said Dr. Margaret Knudson, chief of surgery at San Francisco General Hospital. Doctors have also treated “patients who had severe road rash, suggesting that they were dragged,” she said. Two people are also paralyzed.
12:32 p.m. – National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman says the glide slope — a ground-based aid that helps pilots stay on course while landing — had been shut down since June and what role it played in Saturday’s crash. She says pilots were sent a notice warning that the glide slope wasn’t available.
Hersman tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that there were many other navigation tools available to help pilots land. She says investigators will be “taking a look at it all.”
Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, were students at Jiangshan Middle School in eastern China, died in the crash, state broadcaster China Central Television said, citing a fax from the airline to the Jiangshan city government.
The South Korean airline said in a statement that Ye and Wang were both 16.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigative Go Team is on site and has recovered the black box recording device from San Francisco Bay.
Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul had more than 300 passengers and crew members aboard when it made a hard landing, lost the tail and caught on fire at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday morning.
More than 180 people were taken to nine area hospitals, but the majority had relatively minor injuries. As of Saturday evening the number of fatalities stood at two while at least five people were reported in critical condition.
In a press release the airlines has identified the passengers as 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 61 US citizens, 1 Japanese citizen, etc. for a total of 291 people.
San Francisco’s Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White says authorities have now accounted for all passengers and crew members who were aboard the jetliner. “We’re lucky there hasn’t been a greater loss of life,” San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. “There was a fire on the plane, so the assumption might be that they went near the water’s edge, which is very shallow, to maybe douse themselves with water,”
Coming In Too Low
Passengers tell CNN they could tell something was wrong with the plane as it descended towards the runway. Passenger Benjamin Levy told the cable channel, “I don’t see any runway, I just see water.”
“Looking through window, it looked on level of the (sea)wall along the runway,” posted passenger Xu Das on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter according to CNN.
“I thought as the plane was landing, it looked like the pilot was trying to take off again,” passenger Noni Singh said. The airplane dipped sharply. “And then just boom, the back end just hit and flies up in the air, ” Elliott Stone, another passenger, told CNN “and everybody’s head goes up to the ceiling.”
The flight originated in Shanghai, China with a stopover in Seoul.