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Third fatality in San Francisco plane crash

A third passenger from the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed on landing at San Francisco International Airport last weekend has died of her injuries, a local hospital said Friday.

“A child who was injured in the Asiana Airlines accident died this morning. The patient was a girl who had been in critical condition,” San Francisco General Hospital said in a statement.

Two other girls, both teenagers from China, died and 182 other people were injured when the plane clipped a seawall short of the runway, breaking of the tail of the aircraft, skidding out of control and catching fire.

One of the first two fatalities was run over by a fire truck working to douse the flames in the plane, police confirmed Friday. It was unclear whether or not she was already dead when the truck ran her over.

Asiana’s flight 214, from Shanghai, with a stop in Seoul, had 307 people on board, including 16 crew members. Some 123 escaped unharmed.

According to preliminary findings from the US transport safety agency’s investigation, the plane crashed because it was flying too low and too slowly as it approached the runway.

It has emerged that the otherwise experienced pilot of the plane, 46-year-old Lee Kang-Kuk, was undergoing his first major training on the Boeing 777, and it was his co-pilot’s first time working as instructor.

The National Transportation Safety Board has said analysis of cockpit voice recorders showed the pilots made no mention of the too-slow speed during the plane’s doomed approach until it was 100 feet from the ground.

– Image / Burnt out remains of the crashed Asiana 777, photo courtesy NTSB



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