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San Francisco crash Boeing ‘tried to abort landing’

Pilots of the plane that crashed at San Francisco airport on Saturday tried to abort the landing seconds before touching down, US investigators say.

Initial inquiries suggested the Asiana plane was flying “significantly below” its target speed on approach.

And the Korean airline revealed that the pilot was landing a Boeing 777 at San Francisco for the first time.

Two Chinese teenagers died and more than 180 people were injured when the plane hit the seawall.

‘Standard practice’

Sixty of the passengers on board the flight from Seoul, including the two girls who died, were Chinese schoolchildren on their way to summer camp.

Chinese state media named the two as Ye Mengyuan and Wang Linjia, both 16, who were classmates at a school in eastern Zhejiang Province.

Both girls were pronounced dead at the airport. A coroner is trying to determine if one of the victims was run over and killed by an emergency vehicle.

Two fire chiefs raised that possibility at a news conference on Monday.

Their families, as well as relatives of the injured, are travelling to San Francisco.

More than 30 people remained in hospital late on Sunday.

Medical officials said eight were listed in critical condition, including two with paralysis from spinal injuries.

Asiana said 141 of the 291 passengers were Chinese, 77 were Korean and 61 were Americans.

At a news conference on Sunday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chief Deborah Hersman said the aircraft’s speed was below the planned 137 knots (158mph; 254km/h) as it approached the runway.

“We are not talking about a few knots here or there. We’re talking about a significant amount of speed below 137,” she said.

Read the full story on BBC News

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