Signs of chaos in US air­liner crash

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

SAN FRAN­CISCO: Tapes of 911 emer­gency calls made mo­ments af­ter an Asiana Air­lines Boe­ing 777 crashed at San Fran­cisco air­port last Satur­day re­veal panic and con­fu­sion, and high­light some pos­si­ble prob­lems as emer­gency ser­vices raced to the scene.

The crash killed two and in­jured more than 180. The first po­lice and fire per­son­nel ar­rived at the crash scene in about two min­utes, and lo­cal of­fi­cials said brave res­cue ef­forts and ef­fec­tive triage of the many wounded likely saved lives.

Still, the 11 min­utes of 911 tapes re­leased by the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Patrol por­tray a tense and some­times chaotic sit­u­a­tion as the in­jured awaited help.

The tapes ap­pear to con­firm wit­ness ac­counts that sev­eral peo­ple were left unat­tended near the end of the run­way as emer­gency crews fo­cused on the main crash site.

Three flight at­ten­dants and one Chi­nese stu­dent, who died in the ac­ci­dent, were ejected from the back of the plane af­ter the tail broke off, said National Trans­porta­tion Safety Board chair­woman Deb­o­rah Hers­man. One dead per­son may have been run over by a truck. – Reuters

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