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UPDATE: NTSB to review Asiana crash at hearing Wednesday

UPDATED Wednesday, December 11, 2013 --- 7:45 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Asiana Airlines captain who crashed a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport in July told investigators he was stressed out and "very concerned" about attempting a visual approach because the runway's automatic warning systems were out of service due to construction.

Lee Kang Kuk, a 46-year-old pilot who was landing the big jet for his first time at San Francisco, "stated it was very difficult to perform a visual approach with a heavy airplane," according to an investigative report released Wednesday. The jet crash landed after approaching low and slow in an accident that left three dead and more than 150 injured.

The report was released at the start of a daylong National Transportation Safety Board hearing into the accident.

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UPDATED Friday, July 19, 2013 --- 7:15 p.m.

SAN MATEO, Calif. (AP) -- Chinese officials are urging investigators to determine responsibility for the death of a student who survived the Asiana Airlines crash only to be struck and killed by a fire vehicle.

Authorities said on Friday that 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan died of multiple injuries from being run over by what officials believe was a special firetruck used to spread fire-suppressing foam.

In a statement, the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco said it was saddened to learn the girl was run over and offered its condolences.

It also urged U.S. investigators to deal properly with the finding and affix responsibility for the death.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said she did not immediately foresee any disciplinary action. She called the death a tragic accident.

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UPDATED Sunday, July 7, 2013 --- 5:45 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A man who walked out of the back of the jetliner that crashed in San Francisco says he saw the runway from a gaping hole in the back of the plane where the aircraft's kitchen used to be.

Shi Da, a product manager at an Internet company, says he, his wife and teenage son were sitting near the back of Asiana Airlines Flight 241 when it crashed while landing Saturday. The family escaped with cuts and neck and back pain.

Through the dust Da says he could see the ground through the plane's missing tail and galley. He led his family through the hole and they spent the next half-hour on the tarmac watching the plane burn.

Da says he feels lucky they were sitting where they were.

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UPDATED Sunday, July 7, 2013 --- 5:43 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco's fire chief says 19 people remain hospitalized, six of them in critical condition, from a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White says at a news conference outside San Francisco General Hospital Sunday the two 16-year-old girls who died were found on either side of the plane near the "front middle."

Investigators are determining whether they were alive or dead when rescuers reached the scene.

Hayes-White says first responders told her they saw people at the edge of the bay dousing themselves with water, possibly to cool burn injuries.

The Asiana Airlines plane crashed while it was landing Saturday. Dozens of people were also injured.

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UPDATED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 --- 5:41 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The survivor of a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport says she could feel the plane's tail hit the ground and walked onto the tarmac with her injured son through a hole that opened up in the aircraft.

Thirty-four-year-old Wen Zhang says outside San Francisco General Hospital on Sunday that the hole was near where the bathroom used to be. She said she had no time to be scared, though baggage was falling around her, people were screaming and the window in her aisle had broken.

Her 4-year-old son hit the seat in front of him and broke his leg. She was unhurt.

The Asiana Airlines crash while it was landing Saturday left two dead and dozens injured.

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UPDATED: Sunday, July 7, 2013 --- 8:24 a.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- South Korea says two veteran pilots were flying the Asiana Airlines jetliner when it crashed while landing at San Francisco's airport, killing two people.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport says four pilots were aboard and rotated in two-person shifts during the flight from Asia.

The ministry identified the pilots at the controls during Saturday's crash as Lee Jeong-min and Lee Gang-guk.

Officials say more than 300 passengers and crew members were aboard when it slammed into the runway and caught fire.

The two dead were found outside the wreckage. Another 182 people were taken to hospitals, many with minor injuries.

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UPDATED Saturday, July 6, 2013 --- 7:47 p.m.

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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UPDATED Saturday, July 6, 2013 --- 4:47 p.m.

At least two people were killed and dozens of people hurt, but the full extent of the casualties was not clear during the plane crash in San Francisco.
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UPDATED Saturday, July 6, 2013 --- 4:31 p.m.

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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UPDATED Saturday, July 6, 2013 --- 4:29 p.m.

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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UPDATED Saturday, July 6, 2013 --- 4:27 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --The National Transportation Safety Board says it's sending a team of investigators to San Francisco to probe the crash of an Asiana airliner.

NTSB spokeswoman Kelly Nantel said Saturday that NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman would head the team.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the Flight 214 from Seoul to San Francisco crashed while landing on runway 28 left at San Francisco International Airport. Brown said the crash occurred at 11:26 PDT.

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UPDATED Saturday, July 6, 2013 --- 4:26 p.m.

The Asiana Airlines plane that crash landed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday was surrounded by fire trucks.

People were walking around the outer edge of the pool of white foam surrounding the plane.

There is debris scattered on the runway and what appears to be a piece of the plane can be seen poking up out of the water of San Francisco Bay.

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. Television footage showed debris strewn about the tarmac and pieces of the plane lying on the runway.

Reporter pulling into parking lot could see smoke billowing from the plane.

Reporter pulling into parking lot could see smoke billowing from the plane. Police vehicles streaming down the streets. Then a long line of emergency vehicles pulling up to runway.

Reporter says unnamed eyewitnesses said plane was "teetering" as it approached runway. They saw the tail of the plane hit the runway. The nose of the plane was in the air, higher than the tail.

Several eyewitnesses - including some with binoculars - saw the evacuation slides come out but didn't see anyone get on them.

Reporter said view of plane was obscured by smoke when she approached.

Eyewitnesses said trucks pulled up almost immediately.

Stabilizers that help stabilize the plane as it comes in were ripped from the plane.

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UPDATED Saturday, July 6, 2013 --- 3:07 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, forcing passengers to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown said the Boeing 777 was supposed to land on runway 28 left at the 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. Television footage showed debris strewn about the tarmac and pieces of the plane lying on the runway.

Fire trucks had sprayed a white fire retardant on the wreckage.

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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 --- 3:05 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal aviation official says an Asiana Airlines flight has crashed while landing at San Francisco airport. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the Boeing 777 crashed at San Francisco Airport while landing on Saturday.

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 is based in Seoul, South Korea. Its website says its Boeing 777 can carry between 246 to 300 passengers.

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