Fire Chief: Two Dead In SF Plane Crash Found Outside Jet

Sunday, July 7th 2013, 9:50 am
By: News 9

San Francisco's fire chief says the two people who died in the Asiana airlines crash were found outside of the heavily damaged jetliner.

7/6/2013 Related Story: Plane Crash At San Francisco Airport, 2 Dead

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said late Saturday that she did not know the ages or genders of the victims.

According to CBS News, state broadcaster China Central Television said the two victims were Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, students at Jiangshan Middle School in eastern China.

The South Korean airline said in a statement that Ye and Wang were both 16.

Asiana Airlines issued a statement that listed the number of passengers and their nationalities: 77 Korean citizens, 141 Chinese citizens, 61 U.S. citizens and one Japanese citizen.

Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul had more than 300 passengers and crew members aboard when it made a hard landing, lost a tail and caught on fire at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday morning.

More than 180 people were taken to nine area hospitals, but the majority had relatively minor injuries. As of Saturday evening the number of fatalities stood at two while at least five people were reported in critical condition.

South Korea says two veteran pilots were flying the Asiana Airlines jetliner when it crashed while landing at San Francisco's airport, killing two people.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport says four pilots were aboard and rotated in two-person shifts during the flight from Asia.

The ministry identified the pilots at the controls during Saturday's crash as Lee Jeong-min and Lee Gang-guk.

During a televised news conference in Seoul, Asiana airline's President Yoon Young-doo bowed and said: "I am bowing my head and extending my deep apology" to the passengers, their families and the South Korean people over the crash.