Emergency calls from people aboard a plane that crashed at San Francisco International Airport portray a scene of chaos, with passengers begging for help and saying ambulances weren’t coming fast enough.
Days after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport, the wreckage remains strewn along Runway 28L, plainly visible to those landing on a parallel runway.
The cabin manager of an Asiana Airlines flight that crashed over the weekend said she and the crew are working as hard as possible to recover. She was flanked by five other crew members, one of whom was in a wheelchair. Some of them had their heads bowed.
Investigators trying to piece together what went wrong will consider a report about a blinding light flash and the pairing of the pilots, who were assigned to work together through a tightly regulated system developed after several deadly crashes in the 1980s were blamed in part on inexperience in the cockpit.
Investigators are trying to understand whether automated cockpit equipment Asiana flight 214′s pilots said they were relying on to control the airliner’s speed may have contributed to the plane’s dangerously low and slow approach just before it crashed.
Four Asiana Airlines Flight 214 passengers remained in critical condition Wednesday at two Bay Area hospitals that took in the majority of patients after the plane crashed on Saturday.
Forty-two flights coming into or heading out of San Francisco International Airport have been canceled Wednesday, as air traffic is operating on only three of the airport’s four runways while the investigation into Saturday’s deadly plane crash on Runway 28L continues.
Airline officials said four Korean passengers had family members arrived late Tuesday, while five additional Korean families are heading to the Bay Area Wednesday.
Federal investigators said Asiana Flight 214′s landing gear hit a seawall before the tail of the plane during a weekend crash at SFO. The NTSB said it had also learned that the commanding pilot of the crashed jet was on his first trip as a flight instructor.
Asiana Airlines President Yoon Young-doo arrived in San Francisco from South Korea on Tuesday, fighting his way through a pack of international journalists outside airport customs.