Elected Officials Praise First Responders At SFO Crash
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — California Governor Jerry Brown Saturday extended his sympathies to the passengers and families affected by this morning’s crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport.
The crash, which occurred around 11:30 a.m. as the Boeing 777 came in for a landing, killed two people and injured 182 others, according to San Francisco fire officials. An additional 123 were uninjured.
“We are grateful for the courage and swift response of the first responders whose actions surely prevented an even greater tragedy,” Brown said in a statement Saturday evening.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said he had offered the city’s sympathy and support to the consulates of China and Korea, as a large number of passengers came from those countries.
“We are deeply saddened by this incident, and our hearts are with the friends and families of all those who are affected who are here in our city,” Lee said in a statement.
House minority leader and San Francisco Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi issued a brief statement on Twitter.
“Prayers are with those affected by Asiana flight crash and their families,” the statement read. “Thanks to brave first responders for their swift response efforts.”
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer also sent her “deepest sympathies” to those affected by the crash and commended first responders and medical personnel.
“I have spoken to the secretary of transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board chairman, and I am confident that this investigation will be complete and thorough to help prevent accidents like this from happening again,” Boxer said in a statement Saturday evening.
Early Saturday, President Barack Obama also expressed his gratitude to the first responders at the scene of the airliner crash in San Francisco.
The White House said in a statement that Obama has directed his team to stay in constant contact with federal, state and local partners as they investigate and respond to the accident.
The White House said the president’s thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those affected by the crash.