A representative of Asiana Airlines confirmed that 16-year-olds Ye Meng Yuan and Wang Lin Jia died as a result of the impact. Both were students and Chinese nationals. 180 people were injured in the crash.
Asiana Airlines flight OZ214 had departed Incheon International Airport on July 6, 2013 at 16:35 (Korea time) bound for San Francisco. On July 6, 2013 at 11:27 (Local time) the accident occurred as the Boeing 777-200ER landed on San Francisco International Airport’s runway 28.
A total of 291 passengers (Comprised of 77 Koreans, 141 Chinese, 64 Americans, 3 Indians, 3 Canadians, 1 French, 1 Japanese and 1 Vietnamese) and 16 crew were on board the aircraft.
Mike Barr, a former military pilot and accident investigator, said that it is possible the landing gear or the tail of the plane hit the seawall, which prevents planes that overrun a runway from ending up in the water.
“We at Asiana Airlines would like express our utmost sympathy and regret for the distress experienced by the passengers of OZ flight 214 and their families as a result of this accident,” said Asiana CEO Young-Doo Yoon at a press conference in Seoul. “We apologize most deeply.”
In order to support all those affected by this tragedy Asiana Airlines activated its emergency response centres immediately following the accident. A special flight is currently on its way from Seoul to San Francisco carrying employees who will be providing further assistance to those affected by this accident and their families.
Friends and family members seeking information on passengers can call the following numbers:
China: 400-650-8000 (86-10-84510101 for overseas calls)