Official: Asiana flight tried to abort landing

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
A federal safety official says 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.

Passenger photo of plane crash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal safety official says 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.

The jetliner carrying 307 people crashed Saturday, killing two passengers and injuring dozens of other people.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing at least two people and injuring dozens of others.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said more than 60 passengers were also unaccounted for. She said it wasn't immediately clear where they were, but she said they weren't all presumed dead at this time. She said at least 48 people were initially transported from the scene to area hospitals.

She said the investigation has been turned over to the FBI. Terrorism has been ruled out.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Flight 214 crashed while landing before noon PDT. Television footage showed the top of the fuselage was burned away and the entire tail was gone.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachel Kagan told KCBS radio in San Francisco that 10 passengers from a jetliner that crashed at San Francisco International Airport had been transported to the hospital.

She said the hospital received two children and eight adults, all in critical condition. She said tents were being set up outside the hospital for triage.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said Flight 214 crashed while landing on runway 28 left at 11:26 PDT.

A video clip posted to YouTube showed smoke coming from a jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the emergency slides.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Federal aviation officials say an Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, has crashed while landing at San Francisco airport. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown says the plane was coming from South Korea and was supposed to land on runway 28 left at San Francisco International Airport. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed.

A video clip posted to YouTube shows smoke coming from a silver-colored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides.

The airline's website says its Boeing 777 can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.

Associated Press writer Joan Lowy in Washington, D.C., contributed to this report.

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