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Benzene investigation on Military Base in South Korea will Begin

When the soil and groundwater at the 8th U.S. Army headquarters on Yongsan Garrison in South Korea was found to be contaminated by benzene, further investigation was delayed as the U.S. Army prohibited access to the base. However, now that the military headquarters are moving to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province after a 64-year deployment in South Korea, the investigation has been permitted to begin, according to the Korean Herald. “We decided to conduct an investigation before the USFK completes its relocation by the year’s end,” said Kwon Ki-wook, chief of the city’s water circulation safety bureau, “because the source of the pollutants ... Read More

Samsung Chip Workers Die of Leukemia at Alarming Rate

Hwang Yu-mi died of leukemia when she was just 22 years old. Chung Ji-yeon died of leukemia when she was just 34 years old. Park Min-sook was diagnosed with breast cancer, but survived. Each of these South Korean patients have one thing in common: they were all Samsung chip workers exposed to hazardous, carcinogenic chemicals, namely benzene, a chemical that is heavily linked to blood cancers, leukemia, lymphomas and aplastic anemia, on a regular basis. Other chemicals that workers are exposed to daily are arsenic, acetone, methane, sulphuric acid and heavy metals such as lead. Yu-mi bathed silicone wafers in chemicals that ... Read More

Hyundai Sonatas recalled for faulty gear shift levers

According to the Korean automaker Hyundai, roughly 883,000 of its popular 2011 through 2014 Sonatas are now under recall due to issues with the sedan’s gear shift levers. The automatic transmission shift cable within the Sonata has the ability to disconnect from the shift lever, which could cause the vehicle not to show the correct gear. If this instance were to occur, it would significantly increase the likelihood of a crash. An example of dangerous situation that could unfold is when the driver believes he or she has put the vehicle in park, when in fact it may still be ... 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’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