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3:43pm

Sun July 7, 2013
The Two-Way

For Pilots, Most Landings Are 'Routine' Procedure

Originally published on Tue July 9, 2013 10:37 am

This aerial photo shows the wreckage of the Asiana Flight 214 airplane after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Two Chinese teenagers were killed and dozens of other passengers were injured when an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777's tail snapped off and the plane struck the ground just short of the runway on Saturday. Dramatic landings like this are ones commercial pilots hope to never encounter as they guide the hundreds of planes safely to the ground each day.

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9:14am

Sun July 7, 2013
NPR Story

San Francisco Mayor's Statement On Crash-Landing

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 12:21 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Nearly 50 people remain in serious or critical condition after flight 214 crashed during landing at the San Francisco International Airport. The aircraft caught fire and skidded across the runway. Its tail section was ripped off. Two passengers were killed and have been identified as 16-year-old female students from China. More than 180 people were injured in the crash. But San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee had this to say yesterday:

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9:14am

Sun July 7, 2013
NPR Story

Investigators Work To Understand San Francisco Crash

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 12:21 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board have recovered the flight data and voice recorders from flight 214. They are awaiting analysis of the so-called black box, as they investigate the cause of yesterday's crash in San Francisco. The Boeing 777 was flying from South Korea to San Francisco with 307 people on board.

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9:14am

Sun July 7, 2013
NPR Story

Many Unharmed, But Two Dead In San Francisco Plane Crash

Originally published on Sun July 7, 2013 12:21 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And we're keeping our eye on that story of the plane that crashed last night at San Francisco International Airport. The Asiana Airlines passenger jet was arriving from Seoul, South Korea when it crashed on the runway and broke apart. The San Francisco fire chief said 182 people were injured. Many walked off the plane unharmed, but two died in the crash.

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8:46am

Sun July 7, 2013
The Two-Way

Asiana Flight Tried To Abort Landing Seconds Before Crash

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 12:39 pm

The wreckage of Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777 airliner, is seen after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport Saturday. The crash-landing killed two teenage Chinese girls, the airline says.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Update at 5:54 p.m.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 tried to abort its landing and come in for another try just 1 1/2 seconds before it crashed Saturday at San Francisco airport, killing two people and injuring dozens of others.

That was the information gleaned from the jetliner's cockpit voice recorder, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said at a Sunday news conference. NTSB chief Deborah Hersman also said about seven seconds prior to impact, there was a call to increase speed.

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