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.

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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.