Asiana Airlines Flight 214 originated in Shanghai, China, and stopped in Seoul, South Korea before flying to San Francisco International Airport in the United States. The Boeing 777 crash-landed at approximately 11:27 a.m. on July 6, 2013 at the end of runway 28L. The disaster killed two 16 year-old students and injured 182 people aboard. Remarkably, 123 passengers walked away unharmed.
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UPDATE: Asiana May Try to Block SFO Plane Crash Lawsuits
July 11, 2013 — Asiana Airlines may try to block non-Americans from filing lawsuits under the Montreal Convention. Of the 307 passengers on the plane, only 61 were American. Click here to read more.
July 10, 2013 — Doctors have reported treating dozens of people with paralysis, spinal injuries, and fractures that are consistent with severe whiplash and violent shaking. These victims are at risk of long-term complications, permanent injuries, and years of recovery. Click here to read more.
Based on reports from passengers, the National Transportation Safety Board, and news sources, the pilots found themselves in an approach that was too slow. About 1.5 seconds before impact, the pilots attempted to abort the landing for a go-around. It was too late. With the nose of the plane pointed upward, the plane hit a rocky sea wall, which ripped off the tail and landing gear. Then it skidded on the runway and burst into flames.
In the aftermath of the disaster, emergency crews raced to the scene to extinguish the fire and rescue passengers who were trapped inside. One victims was apparently ejected from the plane when it struck the sea wall. Another body was found near the wreckage of the plane. Fire officials said that the second victim had “injuries that were consistent with having been run over by a vehicle.”
Reports indicate that a co-pilot who was flying the plane had flown only 43 hours on the Boeing 777 before the accident, and had less than 10,000 total hours of flying time. It is unclear whether pilot error had anything to do with the accident.
Since June, the instrument landing system (ILS) of the SFO runway was out of service, which required the pilots to land with a visual approach. Pilots are supposed to be trained to land without instrument guidance, but it can make the landing more challenging. However, alternative ground-based aids and cockpit instruments should have alerted the pilots that the plane’s trajectory was too short.
Plane Crash Lawsuits and Liability
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is a federal agency that conducts thorough investigations into every plane crash that happens in the United States. Although the cause of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crash at SFO is still under investigation, victims of this disaster may be eligible for compensation if investigators determine that negligence was a factor in this disaster.
Causes of airplane accidents:
- Pilot error, negligence, or incapacitation
- Mechanical failure
- Defective design
- Failure to maintain, repair, inspect the aircraft
- Air-traffic control errors
- Explosive device or sabotage
- Bird strike
- Fuel problems
- And more
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