Pilot 'knew plane was too low'

The senior pilot in the cockpit of Asiana flight that crashed landed in San Francisco airport on Saturday realised the plane was too low when it was flying at only 500ft (152m), an official has said.

Third death after Asiana Airlines crash

A girl has died in hospital to become the third fatality in the crash of an Asiana Airlines jet at San Francisco airport last Saturday.

The child, who died on Friday morning, is a Chinese national and had been in critical condition, according to a statement from two doctors at San Francisco General Hospital.

The crash landing of the Boeing also killed two Chinese teenage girls and injured more than 180 other people.

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Images emerge of survivors after San Francisco crash

More images of survivors of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport have emerged.

They were taken by fellow passenger, Ben Levy, who said: "People were not rushing out fighting for their lives. They're like 'Okay, let's try to be orderly here and let's get out, fast but let's not step onto each other'."

Smoke is seen billowing from the Asiana plane in the background. Credit: Ben Levy
Passengers gather on the ground after evacuating the plane. Credit: Ben Levy
Firefighters gather around passengers seated on the ground or lying on stretchers. Credit: Ben Levy

US accident investigators are continuing to examine the crash which led to the deaths of two Chinese students and more than 180 being injured.

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Survivor's 'adrenaline' moments after plane crash

A survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport has been talking about his experience and how he and other passengers got of the plane.

Describing the initial moments after the crash, Ben Levy said: "I felt I had broken ribs. I had a lot of blood on me. But realised that it wasn't actually from me, it was from my neighbour which was hit really bad on the head."

The US National Transportation Safety Board is continuing to investigate the crash in which two Chinese students were killed and more than 180 of the 370 people on board injured.

Asiana crash pilot 'knew plane was flying too low'

Two teenage girls died after the plane crash landed in San Franciso airport on Saturday. Credit: REUTERS/Jed Jacobsohn

The senior pilot in the cockpit of Asiana flight that crashed landed in San Francisco airport on Saturday realised the plane was too low when it was flying at only 500ft (152m), an official has said.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman also said the South Korean airliner's pilots were not tested for drugs or alcohol after the crash, because they do not fall under US regulations.

She said two flight attendants who had been sitting at the back of the plane were ejected when the plane crashed and thrown onto the tarmac. They survived but were seriously injured.

Watch: Video shows moment of San Francisco plane crash

Asiana pilot 'still in training' for Boeing 777

The interior of the Asiana plane that crashed in San Francisco airport Credit: Reuters

The pilot of the crashed Asiana plane at San Francisco airport was still "in training" for the Boeing 777 when he attempted to land the aircraft under supervision on Saturday, the airline said.

Crash not caused by engine problems, airline says

Lee Kang-kook, the second most junior pilot of four on board the Asiana Airlines aircraft, had 43 hours' experience flying the long-range jet.

The plane's crew tried to abort the descent less than two seconds before it hit a seawall, bounced along the tarmac and burst into flames.


Plane crash victim 'may have been run over by rescuers'

Investigators in San Francisco are working to determine whether one of the two teenage girls who died when her Asiana flight crashed into the runway was stuck by rescue crews.

Coroner Robert Foucrault said senior San Francisco Fire Department officials notified him that one of the girls may have been struck on the runaway.

Mr Foucrault said a post-mortem examination he expects to be completed by later today will involve determining whether the girl's death was caused by injuries suffered in the crash or "a secondary incident".

San Fran hospital treating six critically injured in crash

Six of the 53 victims of the Asiana Airlines plane being treated in San Francisco General Hospital remain in a critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed. Speaking to reporters Rachael Kagan said:

We had 27 adults and 26 children. We currently have 19 patients admitted, and 34 have been discharged. Of the 19 who are admitted, that includes six critically injured patients, including one child.

Dr. Margaret Knudson, chief of surgery at San Francisco General Hospital, praised the work of emergency services who treated the victims at the crash scene.

I have to say that, whoever triaged these patients at the airport did a fabulous job, because they got to us the sickest patients in the shortest period of time - or I don't think those patients would have survived, truly.

The airline said there were 16 crew members aboard and 291 passengers. Thirty of the passengers were children.

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