San Francisco plane crash photo emerge from inside doomed jet
SAN FRANCISCO Fei Xiong and her eight year old son looked at each other and sensed something was wrong as Asiana Flight 214 was coming in low over San Francisco Bay.
“My son told me plane will fall down, it’s too close to the sea.’ I told him baby, it’s OK, we’ll be fine.’ And then the plane just fell down,” Xiong said Sunday, moving gingerly from a plastic brace on her injured neck.
Within moments, the aircraft was hurtling out of control, its rear portion ripped off. Baggage tumbled from the overhead bins onto passengers, dust filled the plane’s carcass and the oxygen masks had dropped down. People all around her were screaming.
The crash Saturday at San Francisco airport killed two teenage girls from China, whose bodies were found outside the wreckage, and injured dozens of others. At least two others suffered paralyzing back injuries, hospital officials said.
Xiong, of China, was sitting in the middle of the plane when she felt the strong jolt and her neck flung back and forth violently.
After the plane came to a rest, she grabbed her son and headed for the nearest door, which was open. She said the emergency chute had not deployed, so they jumped to the tarmac.
In the first comments by a crew member, cabin manager Lee Yoon hye told reporters that when the captain ordered an evacuation, she knew what she had to d tiffany and co o.
“At that point, my head became clear,” she said Sunday night at a San Francisco news conference. “I was only thinking about rescuing the next passenger.”
Lee said she was calm despite tiffany and co the flames. “I didn’t have a moment to feel that this fire was going to hurt me,” she said.
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“I had no time to be scared,” she said.
Zhang picked up her child, who had hit the seat in front of him and broke his left leg. Unhurt, she could see a hole that ripped open at the back of the jumbo jet where tiffany and co the bathroom had been and carried her son to safety.
“It left a hole very close to my seat,” she said. “Enough for two persons to get out.”
Sitting near Zhang was Shi Da, 39, tiffany and co who was travelling with his wife and teenage son.
He was shocked by the violent shaking of the crash, then the realization that the back of the plane had ripped off. He stood up and could see the tail, but the kitchen was missing with nothing but a hole, he said.
“I can see through the hole to see the runway and the ground,” he said. “So we just grabbed our bags and rushed out from the tail, from the hole.”
South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said the 291 passengers included 141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans, 64 Americans, three Canadians, three Indians, one Japanese, one Vietnamese and one person from France.
The passengers who made it out alive sat on the tarmac for half an hour waiting for buses and watching the aircraft go up in flames as firefighters hosed it down. Ambulances took the badly injured away, but 123 people walked away with little injury.
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