16-yr-old Chinese teens killed in San Fran. crash
SAN FRANCISCO (WHDH) -- Eye-witnesses captured the final moments of the deadly flight from Seoul to San Francisco.
The plane slammed down and continued to slide the length of the runway. It tilted up on its side and then crashed down, sending up a wall of smoke.
“It just pancaked immediately and then it just kept sliding,” one witness said.
Flames eventually gutted the inside and killed two sixteen-year-old Chinese girls who were on their way to summer camp.
“All my loved ones just flashed in my eyes,” one man said. “I just knew we were going to have a crash. I thought I was gonna die.”
Flight data recorders and cockpit voice recorders recovered from the wreckage showed investigators there was a last minute attempt to speed up the plane before it crashed.
“A call, from one of the crew members to increase speed, was made approximately 7 seconds prior to impact. A call to initiate a go-around occurred 1.5 seconds before impact,” said Deborah Hersman, NTSB Chairperson.
Passengers on board Flight 214 knew something was wrong.
“All of a sudden the engine was all, ‘eeee’ like he sped up. Pilot knew he was short,” one passenger said.
The plane's tail hit the sea wall and came off the engine. The left wing disappeared before the plane slid and eventually stopped.
“As it landed it was a hard like loud noise. Then masks fell down,” another passenger said.
One man who escaped used his cellphone to capture video of other passengers staggering off Asiana's Boeing 777.
“It's a big hole. The passengers near the plane tail just walked out from this hole,” said another woman.
While it's hard to believe people walked off the plane, investigators said the inside proved how lucky some passengers were.
“When we look at this accident we're very thankful that we didn’t have more fatalities and serious injuries, we had so many survivors,” Hersman said.