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2 confirmed dead after plane crashes at San Francisco International AirportLatest developments in the investigation of the Asiana Airlines 777 in San Francisco.

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KTVU has fired three veteran producers after the San Francisco Bay Area news station identified the pilots involved in the Asiana Air crash at SFO with fake names.

While the names — Capt. Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk and Bang Ding Ow. — created a YouTube hit, the blunder was a huge embarrassment for the station and offended many.

According to, KTVU fired investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock after an internal investigation into coverage of the July 6th crash.

KTVU’s coverage, which was largely stellar, suffered the black eye during their noon newscast on July 12 when anchor Tori Cambell said, “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board,” and proceeded to read the names off the prompter.

Clearly flustered, she offered an on-air retraction and explained to viewers that the names had been given by the NTSB itself.  The NTSB has also since apologized for the “inaccurate and offensive names,” and fired a summer intern involved in the incident.

The horrific Asiana Air Flight 214 crash left three people dead and more than 180 injured.

NEW YORK (PIX11) - The chances may be slim, but if you fly, there’s always the chance you’ll crash.

We went to the experts to learn how to survive should the worst case scenario become a reality.

“Most people don’t look at something going wrong simple thing like open the door to get in or out,” said Thomas Daly, Associate Dean of Aviation, Dowling College.

What you wear can actually increase your chances of survival. Sneakers and pants will help you move faster during a disaster.

Asiana Airlines Considers suing KTVU and NTSB

Three people were killed and 181 injured when an Asiana Air flight crashed at SFO.

“In an emergency situation, everyone has to cooperate, and move as one,” said Michael Wright, Dowling College Flight

You can survive a burning aircraft, experts said.

“You want to grab onto something..

Hold on as long as you can,” said Michael Wright, Dowling College Flight Instructor when discussing how to exit a plane.

It’s also important not to grab your luggage when exiting in an emergency, it can slow down the process. It’s important to stay calm and not panic.

Alcoholic beverages can hinder your ability to think clearly in an emergency situation.

2 confirmed dead after plane crashes at San Francisco International AirportA third victim has died from last weekend’s Asiana Flight 214 crash in San Francisco, a hospital official says, according to CNN. AP reports the victim was a child.

NEW YORK (PIX11) - It’s obvious from the amateur video that something just wasn’t right about Flight 214’s landing approach in San Francisco.

Aviation expert Barry Schiff says air speed is critical — and the flight data recorders indicate Flight 214 didn’t have enough of it.

“The air speed began to sink or go below the minimum speed of 137 knots. It tells us that if the pilots had noticed that the air speed was decaying, they could have easily moved the throttles forward, and preserved that airspeed. The big mystery about this flight is why they didn’t do that,” said Schiff.

The plane came in some 40 miles-an-hour slower that it should have before its tail struck the sea wall.

SFO ground

It’s not likely, however, that the San Francisco runway’s proximity to the water contributed to the crash, or increased the difficulty of the landing.

LaGuardia, which is also on the water, has seen its share of incidents.  There was US Air Flight 405, which barreled off LaGuardia’s peninsula like runway 13 as it tried to take off in a snow snowstorm in March, 1992.  Nineteen people died in that crash — which investigators later determined was caused by ice on the plane’s wings.

Then there’s San Francisco’s land based “Glide Scope Indicator” system – which was out of service during airport construction.

It’s not being looked at as a major factor in the crash because there were other working electronic systems in place, both on the ground – and in the plane — to help it land safely in the summertime and under clear skies.

SFO Above

So while investigators try to rule out mechanical failure – they’re also looking into the possibility of human error.

Former US Airways Chesley Sullenberger – who performed what may be the most spectacular emergency landing of all time on the Hudson River – says it’s too early to blame the pilot’s limited experience – just 43 hours in the cockpit of a Boeing 777.

“Everyone, at some point, is new to an airplane.  Even if you have 10,000 hours, there is still that time when you are new to a particular type of airplane,“ said Sullenberger.


2 confirmed dead after plane crashes at San Francisco International AirportSAN FRANCISCO (CNN) – Investigators looking into the fatal crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 are focusing on the crew and aircraft as they try to understand why the giant jet clipped the end of runway before crashing, the chairwoman of the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday.

“We’re certainly looking at the crew and how they operated, how they were trained, at their experience,” NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman told CNN’s “New Day.”

“We’re also looking at the aircraft. We’re looking to see if the crew was using automation or was flying on autopilot, or they were hand-flying the airplane,” she said.

Like many modern aircraft, the Boeing 777 is capable of landing automatically, but it was unclear if the plane’s computer was handling Saturday’s attempted landing or if it was being done by the pilot, who Asiana said was making his first San Francisco landing at the controls of that model of aircraft.

The flight, with 307 people on board, originated in Shanghai, China, and stopped in Seoul, South Korea. It was preparing to land Saturday in San Francisco when the rear of the plane struck the edge of the runway, severing the tail. Most passengers were able to escape before the plane erupted in smoke and flames.

Two people died, although the San Francisco Fire Department said one of those may have been run over by an emergency vehicle, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said.

The victims, teenagers Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, were among 35 Chinese students headed to California to attend West Valley Christian School’s summer church camp, the school said on its website.

NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said the agency was aware of the reports that one of the girls may have died after being run over on the tarmac but did not have details.

The San Francisco Fire Department has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.

Pilot’s flight record

Lee Kang-kuk, the pilot who was in the captain’s seat of Flight 214, had flown from Seoul to San Francisco several times between 1999 and 2004, the airline said.

But Saturday marked his first time landing a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport and was the ninth time he had flown the model, with 43 hours at the controls, the airline said. He has about 10,000 hours as a pilot, Asiana said.

Hersman, who has discouraged speculation about whether the crew bore responsibility for the crash, downplayed the significance of the pilot’s experience in her “New Day” interview.

“It’s not unusual for crew to change aircraft types,” she said. And with air crews flying all around the world, it’s not unusual for pilots to fly into unfamiliar airports for the first time either.

She said it’s important for the two pilots in charge of the aircraft during the “very risky” landing phase to work closely together, and while she said investigators have no evidence of cockpit communications problems, it’s something investigators will be looking at, she said.

Mary Schiavo, a former inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation, said video and other data related to the crash suggest the crew “lost situational awareness” while approaching the airport at what Hersman said was significantly less than the necessary 137 knots (157 mph).

“They’re low and slow and that’s a problem,” Schiavo said.

All four pilots have been interviewed by NTSB and South Korean investigators, said Choi Jeong-ho, the head of South Korean’s Aviation Policy Bureau.

“We cannot reveal what’s been said as it is an ongoing investigation,” Choi said.

Hersman said that in most airplane crashes, investigators rarely find a single explanation for what went wrong.

“In most of our investigations, we find that it’s not just one thing, it really is a combination of factors that lead to an accident,” she said.

While weather has been ruled out as a factor, other factors officials are investigating include whether construction at the airport may have played a role, Hersman said Sunday.

Work to extend a runway safety area required the temporary shutdown of a system designed to help pilots land planes safely, she said.

Clues from voice recorder

The pilots apparently tried to speed up seven seconds before the crash, cockpit voice and flight data recorders showed.

A stall warning sounded three seconds later, telling the pilots the plane was about to lose its ability to stay in the air.

Then — just 1.5 seconds before the plane slammed into the runway — the crew decided to call off the landing and try to pull up for another try, Hersman said.

It was too late.

The frightening crash

With no warning from the cockpit, survivors said, the plane’s rear struck the sea wall at the end of the runway. The impact severed the plane’s tail and sent the rest of the body spinning on its belly.

Amateur video obtained exclusively by CNN shows the plane crashing and spinning counterclockwise and coming to a stop.

In addition to the two deaths, 182 people were hospitalized with injuries ranging from severe scrapes to paralysis.

“We’re lucky there hasn’t been a greater loss of life,” San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said.

A number of the injured passengers remained hospitalized Monday, including six in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital, said Dr. Margaret Knudson, the hopsital’s chief of surgery.

About half of those admitted to the hospital had spinal fractures, she said. Others have head trauma.

“Their recovery could be months and months and maybe not even to full recovery,” she said.

Many of the injured said they were sitting toward the rear of the aircraft, Knudson said.

But 123 of the 307 people on board walked away uninjured. Benjamin Levy was among them.

“Honestly, I was waiting for the plane to … start flipping upside down, in which case I think a lot of people would have not made it,” Levy said.

“If we flipped, none of us would be here to talk about it,” he said.

Investigators have the tedious task of reconfiguring this Boeing 777 Asiana flight 214 to find answers to what led to the crash landing.

Passengers are reliving every moment. Benjamin levy is one of those passengers.

We also now have some shocking video and reaction to how the plane slammed into the runway Saturday morning, its tail breaking off then fire and thick black smoke shoot into the sky, both engines damaged.

307 passengers on board were all accounted for, among them two teenage girls are found dead and more than 180 are rushed to the hospital.

An airport spokesperson said the navigation technology that helps pilots land in bad weather was not working but the weather was favorable that day.

The NTSB is looking at everything for the cause, including the two black boxes from the flight.

The recordings on both boxes are clear.

Social media has evolved to the point that one of the passengers like Samsung executive David Eun sent out a message on twitter that gave us all a firsthand look.

One message read, “I just crashed landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Everyone seems to be fine. I am ok. Surreal.”

Another tweet said, “Fire and rescue people all over the place, they’re evacuating the injured. Haven’t felt this way since 9-11.”

eun lives on the Upper West Side. He has not returned home but sent out another message saying he felt shaky by the experience.

So does levy, but both are thankful.

2 confirmed dead after plane crashes at San Francisco International Airport(LA TIMES) – The two passengers killed in a fiery plane crash in San Francisco were identified Sunday as two 16-year-old Chinese girls who may have been part of a group coming to the United States for summer camp.

Asiana Airlines identified the victims as Wang Lin Jia and Ye Meng Yuan. The two were part of a student group from Jiangshan Middle School in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, according to Chinese media reports.

The Xinhua News Agency reported that dozens of students and teachers from various parts of China were aboard the flight the flight that crashed Saturday. The news agency said that many of the students on teachers on board were going to summer camps in the United States.

Asiana Flight 214 originated in Shanghai and stopped in Seoul before flying to San Francisco International Airport, where it crash-landed, killing the girls and injuring more than 180.

The bodies of the two teenage victims were found on the runway, said San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. It was not clear whether they had been pulled from the plane or ejected.

Also Sunday, the head of Seoul-based Asiana, South Korea’s second-largest airline, apologized for the crash.

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(CNN) — 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.

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 in Seoul told CNN that 291 passengers and 16 staff members were aboard when it crashed around 11:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. ET).

Two people have died, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said.

“Upwards of approximately 60 people” are unaccounted for, the chief said. Just over an hour later, Francis Zamora of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Management told CNN that four were unaccounted for, though he didn’t explain the discrepancy.

At least 130 others are being treated, or will soon be treated, at nine Bay Area hospitals, Hayes-White said around 4:10 p.m.

Eight injured adults and two children at San Francisco General Hospital are in critical condition, said San Francisco General Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan.

Authorities warned the numbers of dead, injured and unaccounted for at San Francisco International Airport could change in the coming hours. First responders have gone on the plane “doing search and rescue attempts,” Hayes-White said.

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