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Deadly Plane Crash in San Francisco

crash-picTwo people died and 182 were taken to hospitals with injuries on Saturday after a Boeing 777 crashed landed at San Francisco International Airport.

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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A total of 34 flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco were canceled Sunday as a result of the deadly Asiana Airlines crash, according to LAX officials.

“All seven of the airlines that serve LAX to San Francisco announced cancellations,” said Nancy Castles, LAX Public Relations Director.

Meanwhile, flights that were able to depart LAX for SFO were experiencing severe delays.


Dozens of flights were cancelled after Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport.

The heavily trafficked  LAX-SFO route is served by airlines including United, Southwest, Virgin America, and American Airlines.

LAX officials said anyone traveling to San Francisco should contact their individual airlines.

More than 24 hours after the Asiana Airlines plane crash, San Francisco International Airport reopened the third of the airport’s four runways, officials said Sunday.

The reopening of runway 28-R should boost flight volume, officials added.

Asiana Flight 214 crashed at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, killing two people.

SAN FRANCISCO (KTLA) — Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board began the process Sunday of trying to determine what caused Asiana Airlines Flight 214 to crash at San Francisco International Airport, killing two people.

The black boxes from the aircraft, which record in-flight data, were recovered from the wreckage and were being transported for examination, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board said.

Federal Investigators arrived in San Francisco late Saturday night, and were looking into whether the plane clipped a sea wall separating the runway from San Francisco Bay, according to numerous media reports.

Questions also began to surface about the runway’s glide slope indicator, which pilots can use to help determine their altitude on approach.

The indicator was out of service because of a construction project, although it was not clear if that played a role in the accident.

“The glide slope had been out since June,” Deborah Hersman, head of the NTSB said Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation.

“We’re going to take a look into this to understand it. But what’s important to note is there are a lot of tools that are available to pilots.”

“We’ll be looking at what the crew might have been using to get in,” she said. “But everything is on the table right now.”

Meanwhile, Asiana Airline’s CEO Yoon Young-doo said he did not believe engine failure caused the deadly crash.

“In my knowledge, there wasn’t any engine failure,” Yoon Young-doo said.

He also offered an apology during a televised news conference, where he bowed while saying, “I am bowing my head and extending my deep apology” to the passengers, their families and the South Korean people over the crash.”

Passengers on the doomed flight revealed they noticed something was wrong as the plane touched down in San Francisco.

“We were too low, too soon,” passenger Benjamin Levy told the Los Angeles Times.

Levy, a 39-year-old San Francisco technology executive who traveled to Asia on a business trip, heard screams as the plane crashed.

The pilot of the Boeing 777 seemed to rev the engines “just as we were about to hit the water,” Levy said.

“The pilot must have realized [and] tried to pull the plane back up… We hit pretty hard. I thought the wheels were gone for sure.”

The flight originated in Shanghai and left Seoul for San Francisco, according to the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

Among the passengers were 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese, 61 Americans and one Japanese, South Korea-based Asiana said.

The two passengers killed were identified Sunday as 16-year-old Chinese students, according to Chinese media reports.

WEST HILLS, Calif. (KTLA) — A group of Chinese exchange students on board the Asiana Airlines Flight that crashed in San Francisco were on their way to Southern California, according to West Valley Christian Church and School.

The church posted a message on its website saying 35 Chinese students “were scheduled to be here on Tuesday for three weeks.”


Members of West Valley Christian Church attend Sunday morning service (KTLA)

The statement went on to say, “Now, we are unsure what their next steps will be … but we are certain that God knows and will help us care for them in this time of crisis.”

Two Chinese students were killed in the crash, according to Chinese state media.

They were identified Sunday as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, students at Jiangshan Middle School in eastern China.

Although it was unclear if they were part of the group scheduled to visit West Valley Christian Church and School.

The church, located in the West Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, welcomed donations to help the surviving students.

“Please join us as we learn how to care for them. Gift cards to pay for missing items in luggage can be delivered to church and school offices.”

West Valley Christian Church and School is located at 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills, CA  91307.

SAN FRANCISCO (KTLA) -  The two passengers who died in the crash of an Asiana Airlines flight were 16-year-old Chinese students, according to the Chinese state media.

The victims, both women, were identified as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, students at Jiangshan Middle School in eastern China.

They were on a school trip to the United States and were killed on Saturday when the jetliner crashed at San Francisco International Airport.

The teenagers’ bodies were found outside the wreckage, authorities said.

They were believed to have been seated near the back of the plane when it crashed, the president of Asiana Airlines, Yoon Young-doo, said Sunday.

The girls were part of a group of 29 students and five teachers.

Meanwhile, federal officials said the flight recorders had been recovered from the charred wreckage of the plane and were on their way to Washington for analysis.

Asiana Airlines is based in South Korea.

SAN FRANCISCO (KTLA) — After walking away from the Boeing 777′s wreckage at SFO on Saturday, a passenger described the harrowing plane crash.

It had been an uneventful 10-plus hour flight from Seoul, approaching San Francisco’s airport on a clear summer day. Then, in a few horrifying seconds, that calm was shattered.

A fireball erupted after the Boeing 777 airliner hit the runway hard around 11:30 a.m., rocked back and forth, spun around, sheered off the plane’s tail. Scores of passengers and crew climbed out — some jumping, others sliding down evacuation chutes as flames and smoke billowed from the aircraft’s windows.

Two people were found dead outside the plane, according to San Francisco fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. “My understanding is that they were found on the runway,” she said.

Both were Chinese passport holders, the South Korean transport ministry said.

Somehow, 305 others survived.

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Meteorologist Jim Castillo on conditions at the time of the Boeing 777 crash in San Francisco. Plus, the Southland’s weekend weather.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — After a Boeing 777 crash landed Saturday at San Francisco International Airport, officials canceled 22 flights that had been scheduled to fly there from LAX.

Two runways at SFO that were closed after the crash were later reopened, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, allowing some diverted L.A.-to-San-Francisco flights to proceed as originally scheduled.

Brianna Beach, a traveler stranded in an LAX terminal Saturday afternoon, said she had been there for hours after her planned flight to San Francisco had been re-routed.

“It’s been like five hours, and then I had to buy another plane ticket for Southwest because United isn’t flying out,” she said, referring to two airlines. “Like, none of their affiliates are flying out until at least tomorrow afternoon.

“I am so tired,” she added, “and I’m sad [about] what happened, but I wish they had a better way of handling the situation with all the passengers.”

SAN FRANCISCO (KTLA) — Passengers and witnesses took to social media Saturday in the immediate aftermath of a Boeing 777 crash at San Francisco International Airport.