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Another SFO Close Call: Aeroméxico Plane Heads To Wrong Runway

An Aeroméxico plane approaching San Francisco International Airport (SFO) was moments away from landing on the wrong runway Jan. 9, the third close call at the airport since July 7, when an Air Canada plane nearly landed on a crowded taxiway. Aeroméxico Flight 668 was arriving from Mexico City when it lined up to land on runway 28L (left) instead of its intended runway 28R (right). According to CBS News, the Aeroméxico pilots confirmed SFO air traffic control directions to land on runway 28R, but headed for the other parallel runway instead. The Aeroméxico plane was about a mile away ... Read More

Asiana Airlines, Dentist Settle Final SFO Crash Lawsuit

The last pending lawsuit against Asiana Airlines over the deadly 2013 runway crash at San Francisco International Airport has been settled, an attorney for the plaintiff said. According to the Associated Press, Kyung-Rhan Rha, a California dentist, reached a settlement with the Korea-based airline recently, her lawyer said. The case was the last lawsuit to be settled out of dozens filed by passengers and crewmembers that had been consolidated in a California federal court. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed. Dr. Kyung-Rhan and her daughter were among the 291 passengers on Asiana Flight 214 from South Korea. Federal ... Read More

Asiana crash pictures trigger San Francisco firefighting helmet-camera ban

The San Francisco Fire Department’s decision to ban helmet-mounted cameras after a 16-year-old Asiana crash survivor was run over and killed on the runway by first responders has sparked sharp criticism from safety advocates and others who question the department’s motives. San Francisco fire chief Joanne Hayes-White issued the edict that explicitly bans video cameras on helmets worn by firefighters responding to emergencies, saying privacy issues were the basis of the decision. “There comes a time that privacy of the individual is paramount, of greater importance than having a video,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle. The Chief’s decision comes ... Read More

Asiana crash survivors sue Boeing over inadequate seatbelts and other defects

A group of passengers who survived the crash of Asiana Airlines flight 214 in San Francisco July 6 are suing the airline and Boeing, which made the 777 aircraft, alleging that the lap-only seat restraints in economy class made the crash and their injuries much worse than they should have been. Three complaints, filed in California, draw comparisons between the seat restraints provided in the economy cabin with the full lap and shoulder restraints available to first-class passengers. Because economy class offered lap belts only, injuries in that part of the plane were much worse, the complaints allege. According to ... Read More

Asiana’s aborted landing rate at San Francisco unusually high, airport officials say

Asiana Airlines has an abnormally high rate of aborted landings or “go-arounds” at San Francisco International Airport, where one of its planes crashed July 6 after making a failed attempt to abort its landing. About 180 of the 209 passengers and crew aboard Asiana flight 219 were injured and three were killed. According to San Francisco columnists Matier and Ross, the number of Asiana’s go-arounds at SFO is “six to eight times greater than would be expected given the airline’s total number of flights into SFO.” The unusually high number of aborted landings has aviation officials concerned that Asiana’s pilots ... Read More

Chinese professor sues Asiana for crash injuries in U.S. Court

SAN FRANCISCO – A Chinese college professor who was injured on the July 6 Asiana flight 214 crash has filed a personal-injury lawsuit against the airline in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The plaintiff is one of the few non-U.S. nationals aboard the plane who have the right to the sue the Korea-based airline in U.S. Court. Zhengheng Xie, who teaches at Shanghai University, was flying to the U.S. to visit his son, a South Bay resident, when the Boeing 777 crashed on its approach to San Francisco International. Investigators are trying to determine why the pilots failed to ... Read More

Asiana air crash survivor’s tragic death prompts reevaluation of rescue procedures

A 16-year old girl who survived the initial impact of Asiana flight 214 when it crash landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6 was struck and killed on the runway by a firefighting truck, medical examiners have concluded. The tragic death will likely trigger significant reevaluations of safety procedures and how rescue workers respond to crashes in the future. Ye Meng Yuan and her close friend and classmate Wang Linjia, also 16, were identified as the first passengers from the Asiana flight to lose their lives after the airplane crash landed. The bodies of both girls were found on the exterior ... Read More

Asiana 214 passengers sue Boeing for crash-related injuries

CHICAGO, Ill.–Eighty-three passengers of Asiana flight 214 have joined a lawsuit being prepared against Boeing Co. for injuries they received when the airplane crash-landed on a San Francisco runway July 6. A court filing by the plaintiffs’ firm alleges that mechanical defects within the aircraft might have caused the crash and resulting injuries. Three people were killed and 182 were injured when the plane touched down at San Francisco International Airport after an overnight flight from Seoul, South Korea. Court papers filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, Boeing’s home city, seek to preserve evidence that may be critical ... Read More

Asiana Flight 214 death toll rises to 3 as another girl dies from crash injuries

A third girl from Asiana flight 214 died Friday morning of her injuries, 6 days after the airplane crash-landed at San Francisco International airport. The girl, whose identity was withheld at the request of her parents, was one of three Asiana passengers in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, abdominal injuries, and internal bleeding. The two surviving critically injured patients are adults. Four other passengers remain in the hospital. Their conditions range from serious to good. Meanwhile, investigators have confirmed that one of the other victims, 16-year-old schoolgirl Ye Meng Yuan, was ... Read More

San Francisco passenger jet crash kills two schoolgirls, injures 181 others

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — U.S. and South Korean officials are investigating the deadly crash landing of a Boeing 777 passenger plane at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) Saturday. The plane, operated by South Korea-based carrier Asiana Airlines, apparently crashed upon landing, killing two passengers and injuring than 181 others. Authorities said that Asiana flight 214 from Seoul’s Incheon International Airrport was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew members. Of those passengers, 141 were Chinese, 77 South Korean, 61 American, and one Japanese national. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the airplane’s tail break off during the runway crash. The airplane then spun around ... Read More