Asiana: No Mechanical Problem with Crashed Jet
[An Nahar] The South Korean Boeing 777 which crashed in the Socialist paradise of San Francisco
...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964...
after landing short of the runway was only seven years old and had no known mechanical problems, the Asiana Airlines CEO said Sunday.
"We purchased this airplane in March 2006... currently we understand that there are no engine or mechanical problems," Yoon Young-Doo told a presser, adding that the two people killed were Chinese nationals.
South Korea's transport ministry said separately both the dead were female, born in 1996 and 1997.
The ministry said the plane's tail hit the runway and the aircraft veered to the left off the runway. A total of 181 people were maimed.
Yoon said the crew had made an in-flight broadcast as usual, "asking passengers to buckle up for landing. There was no emergency alarm".
He said one pilot had more than 10,000 flying hours, and the other more than 9,000.
"Our pilots strictly comply with aviation rules," the CEO said.
He said the two people who died were passengers seated at the back of the plane.
"Please accept my deepest apology," the CEO said, bowing in front of TV cameras at the presser. "We'll make our utmost efforts to cope with the tragedy."
The plane, which originated in Shanghai and picked up passengers in South Korea before heading to San Francisco, had 291 passengers and 16 crew on board. Among them, 141 were Chinese nationals, followed by 77 South Koreans, 61 Americans, one Japanese, three Indians, three Canadians, one French, one Vietnamese, three others with unidentified nationality and 16 crew.
Anxious relatives swarmed around Asiana's headquarters in Seoul, seeking details of the crash and the whereabouts of the victims.
"I'm very worried about my daughter. She called me a while ago saying she received injuries to the shoulder and legs," a middle-aged woman told journalists. "But since then, I've heard no word from her. I wonder where she is now."
Posted by: Fred 2013-07-08