2 Dead, 181 Injured After Asiana Airlines Plane Crash
The two people who died were identified as 16-year-old schoolgirls from China.
Via NBC News:
Investigators recovered both black boxes from Asiana Airlines Flight 214 on Sunday, NTSB officials told NBC News, as the airline’s president said that engine failure was likely not the cause of the crash that killed two and injured scores more on the runway at San Francisco International Airport. The black boxes from the aircraft, which record critical in-flight data, were recovered from the wreckage and were transported for examination on Sunday, the officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said. Investigators from the NTSB will analyze both the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder for clues as to what went wrong. The black boxes from the relatively new plane could potentially contain thousands of data points about the plane’s behavior before the crash.
The two deceased passengers were identified as Chinese women in their teens, airline president Yoon Young-doo said at a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday. The official Weibo microblog account for Asiana identified the victims as Ye Mengtuan and Wang Linjia, both 16 years old. The two were students at Jiangshan Middle School, according to the airline. “We think there was no engine defect,” Yoon said.
More than 180 people were transported to area hospitals after the crash landing that left debris strewn across the runway and ripped open the plane’s tail. Of the 291 passengers and 16 crew members on board at the time of the crash, 49 incurred serious injuries including fractures and burns and were taken to one of nine Bay Area hospitals. The injured ranged in age from 20 to 76 years old.
“We are very sorry for the pain to the families and passengers,” Asiana chief executive Yoon said on Sunday. Passenger Benjamin Levy said he heard screams after the crash landing, and for a few moments, confusion filled the cabin. “It was surreal,” Levy told NBC Bay Area on Saturday, shortly after being taken by ambulance from San Francisco International Airport. “A lot of people screaming and not really believing what has happening to them. I wasn’t believing it either.”
Among those who made it to safety were 34 Chinese high school students and a teacher, on their way to summer camp in the United States, according to Chinese state television. The jet carried 141 Chinese, 77 Koreans, 61 Americans, three passengers from India, one each from Japan and Vietnam and seven whose nationalities were unknown, the airline said. A situation room was set up in Beijing to provide information and help to the families of Chinese passengers, Yoon said.