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Plane crash lands at San Francisco International Airport


Two people died and others were unaccounted for after a Boeing 777 from South Korea crashed Saturday upon landing at San Francisco’s airport, sending up a huge fireball, shedding its tail and spinning before screeching to a stop.

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By Michael Martinez and Jason Hanna, (CNN) — Asiana Airlines Flight 214 passenger Ye Mengyuan was alive when flung from the plane during this month’s crash landing but was killed moments later when run over by a rescue vehicle, a California coroner said Friday.

Ye died as result of “multiple blunt injuries that are consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle,” said San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault. “Those injuries she received, she was alive at the time.”

Officials previously had said that was what they feared had happened after the crash on July 6 at San Francisco’s airport.

Ye, 16, of China was one of three people who died in the crash and its aftermath.

San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White, attending a news conference with Foucrault, called the incident “a tragic accident” and apologized to Ye’s family.

One of the department’s aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles struck the girl while she was on the ground, possibly covered with firefighting foam being sprayed on and around the burning plane, the chief said.

“I particularly want to express our condolences and apologies to the family of Ye Mengyuan in light of the coroners’ findings (in) this tragic accident,” the chief said.

“Obviously this is very difficult news for us. We’re heartbroken. We’re in the business of saving lives,” she added. “There’s not a lot of words to describe how badly we feel about it.”

The fire department is reaching out to the family through the Chinese consulate’s office.

The investigation of what happened after the crash remains with the city’s police department.

Police are reconstructing the crash scene to ascertain what happened during the rescue, the chief said. She called the crash “a difficult, challenging scene.”

“We believe it was one of the specialized rigs at the airport, the ARFF rigs, aircraft rescue firefighting vehicles,” Hayes-White said.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee said he was “profoundly saddened by the involvement of a responding emergency vehicle in the death of 16-year-old Ye Mengyuan.”

“On behalf of the people of San Francisco, I offer my deepest condolences and regret for her tragic death, and the deaths of her close friend, Wang Linjia, and 15-year-old Liu Yipeng,” the mayor said in a statement.

Ye and Wang, also 16, were part of a group of 35 teachers and students from a middle school in Jiangshan traveling to California for a summer camp program.

Wang was found dead at the scene along with Ye. Liu died days later in a San Francisco hospital.

Foucrault, the coroner, met with the three families Thursday to discuss his findings, the fire chief said.

The mayor said firefighters and first responders helped save the lives of 304 of the 307 passengers and crew aboard the flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash landing, which also injured more than 180 people aboard the flight.


By Chelsea J. Carter and Susan Candiotti

The National Transportation Safety Board apologized Friday for “inaccurate and offensive” names that were mistakenly confirmed by a summer intern as those of the four pilots of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, which crash-landed last week in San Francisco.

The apology came after Oakland’s KTVU broadcast the bogus names, which phonetically spelled out phrases such as “Something Wrong” and “We Too Low.”

“Earlier today, in response to an inquiry from a media outlet, a summer intern acted outside the scope of his authority when he erroneously confirmed the names of the flight crew on the aircraft,” the NTSB said in a statement.

The names were read during KTVU’s noon broadcast on Friday, and the news station later apologized on air and on its website.

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(CNN) — A third person has died from injuries sustained in last week’s crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.

San Francisco General spokeswoman Rachael Kagan identified the victim as a “minor girl,” without identifying her name, age or background. The girl has been in critical condition at the Bay Area hospital since last Saturday’s crash.

Two other people — both 16-year-old girls from China — were reported dead soon after the Boeing 777 crash landed at San Francisco Airport.

Efforts are continuing to determine why the giant jet came in too low and too slow before its main landing gear, then tail slammed into a seawall on the airport’s edge, then spun and burned before screeching to a stop.

Of the passengers and crew on board, 304 people survived — a handful of whom remain hospitalized with injuries.

The runway where Flight 214 crashed should reopen Sunday, San Francisco’s airport director said late Thursday.

An in-depth review of the cockpit voice recorder shows two pilots called for the landing to be aborted before the plane hit a seawall and crashed onto the runway, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

The first internal call by one of the three pilots in the cockpit to abort the landing came three seconds before the crash and a second was made by another pilot 1.5 seconds before impact, NTSB chief Deborah Hersman said.

The agency has begun wrapping up its investigation at the airport and crews are cleaning up the debris left by the crash. Investigators turned the runway back over to the airport. The runway has been closed since Saturday’s crash.

The investigation is slowly shifting back to NTSB headquarters in Washington, where authorities will work to find a more definitive answer about what led to the crash.

The passenger jet’s main landing gear slammed into the seawall between the airport and San Francisco Bay, spinning the aircraft 360 degrees as it broke into pieces and eventually caught fire.

By, Holly Yan, Chelsea J. Carter and Mike M. Ahlers (CNN)

The pilot at the helm of the Asiana Airlines flight that crashed in San Francisco had no experience landing a Boeing 777 at that airport. And one of the two teens who died after the crash may have been run over by a first responder’s vehicle.

The revelations are the latest in a flurry of developments from the crash at San Francisco International Airport that killed two 16 year-old girls from China and sent 182 people to the hospital Saturday.

The flight, with 307 people on board, originated in Shanghai, China, and stopped in Seoul, South Korea. It was preparing to land in San Francisco when the rear of the plane struck the edge of the runway, severing the tail and causing the plane to erupt in smoke and flames.

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At least two people were killed and more than 100 injured in Saturday morning’s crash landing of an Asiana Airlines’ Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White told reporters.

“Upwards of approximately 60 people” are unaccounted for, and about 130 people have been transported to hospitals, she said.

On board were 291 passengers and 16 flight crew members, traveling from Incheon International Airport in Seoul to San Francisco, according to a public relations spokesperson for Asiana Airlines.

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By Greg Botelho, CNN

At least 28 people hurt in the crash were being treated late Saturday afternoon at area hospitals — 15 at San Francisco General Hospital, five at Stanford Hospital, five at California Pacific Medical Center’s St. Luke’s Campus and three at St. Francis Memorial Hospital — hospital spokespeople said.

San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan said that facility was expecting another 15 patients. At least 10 who were already in that hospital — eight adults and two children — were in critical condition. Tents have been set up outside the hospital’s emergency department.

The U.S. Coast Guard has transported one person to Stanford Hospital, said Corrine Gaines of the military branch.

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A Boeing 777 bound from South Korea crashed Saturday upon landing at San Francisco International Airport, sending up a huge fireball and spinning before finally coming to a stop — having lost its tail and, eventually, much of its charred roof.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 left Seoul’s Incheon International Airport earlier Saturday, according to FlightAware, a website that offers tracking services for private and commercial air traffic. An airline spokesman told CNN that 291 passengers and 16 staff members were aboard, an Asiana Airlines spokesperson told CNN from Seoul.

San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center is treating eight adults and two children — all of them in critical condition — the hospital said in a statement. Six of the patients are female and four are male. Tents have been set up outside the hospital’s emergency department, the statement said, adding that it’s not known how many more patients — if any — may be coming.

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By Greg Botelho and Mike M. Ahlers, CNN

A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, an FAA spokesman told CNN.

Flight 214 had flown from Seoul, South Korea.

Anthony Castorani, who saw the flight land from a nearby hotel, said he saw the plane touch the ground then noticed a larger plume of white smoke.

“You heard a pop and you immediately saw a large, brief fireball that came from underneath the aircraft,” he told CNN. “It began to cartwheel.”

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