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.

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Two passengers killed in San Francisco crash named

Two passengers killed when a Asiana Airlines plane crashed landed at San Francisco have been identified as 16-year-old Chinese nationals, an airline spokesperson has said.

The two girls were named as Ye Meng Yuan and Wang Lin Jia, both students, Asiana Airlines said.

The Boeing 777 crashed on Saturday, bursting into flames, killing the two young passengers and injuring more than 180 people, officials said.

Plane's tail came off, officials say

The tail of the Asiana Airlines plane hit the approach of the runway in San Francisco as it came in for landing, South Korea's transportation ministry confirmed.

"The tail of the Asiana flight hit the runway and the aircraft veered to the left out of the runway," the ministry said in a statement.

A team is inspecting the site of the accident.

Fatal victims were seated at rear of plane

The two people who died in yesterday's crash were female Chinese teenagers who had been seated at the back of the aircraft, Asiana Airlines has confirmed.

The airline's CEO and president Yoon Young-doo would not comment on whether the crash was due to pilot error, but told a press conference that the three captains on the aircraft had been fully trained and had more than 10,000 flying hours of experience between them.

Yoon also declined to say whether the crash could have been caused by an error by air traffic controllers at San Francisco.


Good Samaritan survivor leaves hospital

A father-of-two who helped fellow passengers get off the crashed Asiana Airlines aircraft has tweeted about his release from hospital.

Ben Levy, a Silicon Valley executive, had broken ribs while he helped others exit the crashed plane.

Asiana Airlines crash: The pilots

There were four pilots on the Asiana Airlines craft, rotating in two-person shifts during the 10 hour-plus flight.

One of the pilots was Lee Jeong-min, a veteran with "long experience", according to a senior Asiana official.

Lee, in his late 40s, has 12,387 hours of flying experience, including 3,220 hours on the Boeing 777, according to the Transport Ministry in Seoul.

A second pilot on board the aircraft, Lee Kang-kook, has 9,793 hours flying experience and 43 hours on the 777.

Passengers recount crash landing

Passengers on the crashed Asiana Boeing 777 flight have spoken about their ordeal.

Elliott Stone told CNN that he thought the aircraft approached the airport "a little high" and made a sharp descent.

"All of a sudden, boom, the back end just hit and flies up into the air and everyone's head goes up the ceiling," Stone said.

Vedpal Singh was on board the flight along with his wife and son ahead of a family holiday in California.

He suffered a fractured collar bone and an injury to his arm."Your instincts take over. You don't know what's going on," he said. "I'm very, very thankful to God," he said.

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