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welcome back. i'm craig melvin. you're watching msnbc, as we continue to follow the breaking news that has been unfolding in san francisco throughout the day. let's take a look back at this breaking news story, as it unfolded today. at 11:27 pacific time, 2:27 here on the east coast, asiana flight 214 crashed on landing at san francisco's international airport. the boeing 777 was arriving from shanghai via seoul, south korea, where the airline is based. as they rushed to the scene of the smoking aircraft, some of
the first images we saw, passengers evacuating, sliding down those inflatable chutes on the side of the plane, and then there was this. there was a photo tweeted by one of the passengers, there it is, tweeted by one of the passengers from the runway. he wrote, "i just crash-landed at sfo, tail ripped off, most everyone seems fine. i'm okay. surreal." tail ripped off, that's exactly what we saw when the scene cleared. we've been looking at that tail all day. the end of the plane completely sheared off. the tail hundreds of feet away, down the tarmac. and after the plane caught fire, the fuselage almost completely burned out, the aircraft is believed to have clipped a seawall on its way down to runway 28. authorities say this was not an act of terrorism, they said that early. though how it may have happened, we still don't know. the ntsb sprang into action, launching an investigative team
to san francisco, but the question on everyone's minds tonight, what about the people on board? lots of conflicting information going around on twitter, but we finally got some answers this evening from san francisco's fire department. >> of the 307 souls on board, we had 181 total that were transported to local hospitals. of that 181, 49 were serious and were in the initial victims transported from the scene. an additional 132 were transported later on into the incident after being triaged, as they were the more minor to moderate casualties. we've also accounted for 123 people here in the terminals of the airport that were uninjured and have remained in place. and at this time, we do have two confirmed doa passengers on the aircraft. >> so those numbers add up to 306. we're still working to confirm
the last one. >> 307 people on board, including 291 passengers and the 16 crew members. as you just heard there, 181 of them taken to area hospitals, 49 of them are in serious condition, at least one person is still unaccounted for. that's down from 60 in an earlier report. two people, we learned there, two people killed in that crash. a difficult day, no doubt, for san francisco. likewise, though, for south korea and china, where a majority of the passengers were from. san francisco mayor ed lee had this to say. >> on behalf of the people of san francisco, our thoughts and our prayers are with all of the passengers on the asiana airlines flight 214 from south korea. we are deeply saddened by this incident and our hearts and our friends are with our friends and our families of those that were affected. >> greg fife, former ntsb investigator joins me now via
telephone. greg, we know that the ntsb's go-team left washington. they are, if not already in san francisco, pretty close to landing there. when they hit the ground, what's the first order of business for the ntsb investigators on the scene? >> well, the big thing for the team right now is to get organized. given the fact that they're going to be there late in the afternoon, they're not going to be able to do a whole lot of on-scene activity tonight. so they'll start organizing the particular groups with subject matter experts from the ntsb and be prepared to go out and start doing the on-scene documentation. the other thing they want to make sure that they get is, of course, the cockpit voice recorder, flight data recorder. they want to get back to washington asap, so they can at least get a preliminary read of both the cbr and fdr. that will give the investigators at least a direction to follow, while they're on scene, in san francisco. so those are the two priorities right now. >> greg, you mentioned the subject matter experts. and we heard from debbie hersman
earlier, chairman of the ntsb. she mentioned the same thing, these subject matter experts, who would be deployed to the scene. who are they and what are the subject matters? >> well, the subject matter experts consist of, of course, the national transportation safety board subject matter experts. so you'll have a power plants expert, you'll have an operations expert, in this case, an airports expert, a survivability factors expert, and various other, post-accident fire expert. each of those groups is headed by a national transportation safety board person. under those groups, though, you'll have representatives from the faa and then parties to the investigation that consist of industry and other folks that can provide a level of assistance to the board, and a particular level of expertise, that the board doesn't necessarily have in-house. so we'll have representatives from the airline, you'll have it from the manufacturer, like
boeing, pratt and whitney are the engines. so you'll have those folks as well helping the ntsb develop the facts, conditions, and circumstances. >> typically, in case s like this, greg, and again, i don't want you to -- well, i guess i am going to ask you to a speculate extent here, but don't speculate too much. but in cases like this, again, we know that based on reports from our meteorologists there, 65 degrees, partly cloudy, no fog, winds somewhere between 5 and 10 miles per hour. it does not sound like the elements were much of a factor. it would seem as if, again, seem as if it would have to be one of two thing. some sort of mechanical malfunction or pilot error. is that an oversimplification? >> no, that's a very good simplification, because it really breaks down into those two major elements. however, under each of those elements, there are a multitude
of elements that could go with it. so if you take the pilot error issue, you have to look at all of the human factors things, such as, fatigue. this was a long flight. you have to not only look at how long the crew was actually in the airplane flying, but you've got to see how long they've been awake. if they've been awake or at least on duty 14, 15, 16, even 20 hours, you know how you feel after 20 hours. just think about this flight crew, who's not got to land an airplane after a very long flight. so they're going to look at fatigue, tiredness, they're going to look at crew performance. that's just under the human factors element of a pilot error type action. on the other hand, you have the mechanical side. given some industry with the 777, with british airways and ice crystals that prevented the crew from actually being able to operate the power plants, that subject is still in existence for this particular accident, because we don't know if that was a problem or not. we don't know if the crew tried to push the power up to settle out the high rate of dissent
that they got into, that caused them to run short of the runway. they may not have been able to control the engine. so there's going to be a lot of development in the next probably 24 hours from fdrc information and then possibly even crew, whatever remains of the crew, their interview with the ntsb. >> what sort of timetable are we looking at here? >> i would expect that as the information is developed, especially from the fdr and cbr, that as the chairman provides progress reports and information to the public, i would expect that those of us that are in the aviation arena, we'll be able to put together a pretty good story line within the next 48 to 72 hours, depending on how much information is given by the ntsb. >> just for clarification here, fdr, i'm going to assume, is the flight data recorder. what would cbr be? >> that could be the cockpit voice recorder. >> that would make sense. >> everybody refers to them as
the two black boxes, but they're two boxes encased in an orange aluminum shell, so the investigators can find them, even in a fire situation. >> greg feith, do appreciate your time. the pilots are on set with me here. dan rose, aviation expert, military pilot, an attorney as well, and captain bun, 40 years of pilot. thank you both for sticking around with me. we found out a few hours ago, and i didn't know this, that the black boxes are actually orange, apparently. i did not know that. i assume, obviously, that you did. >> we knew that. >> dan, let's pick up where we left off here a few minutes ago. pilots who are landing planes on runways like that, you were talking a little bit about the technology that exists in the cockpit now, and we know that a lot of flying is very much automated, auto pilot, for instance, we're all familiar with that concept.
when you're landing a boeing 777, how much of it is left up to a computer? how much of it is left up to the individual pilot? >> well, you know, you have two design philosophies. you have boeing's philosophy and you have airbus, generally speaking. and boeing tends to, at the end of the day, leave it more up to the pilot than airbus does. but even boeing, as in the 777, has a lot of automated systems, including even when you're not on auto pilot, there's a system called auto throttles, which controls the power of the plane automatically. regardless of whether the auto pilot is on or not. and that's a system that would be used, even on an approach like this, during a, you know, as you described, a clear, rather good weather day. >> yeah. >> and again, you get into this realm of, how does the pilot interact with this automatic system? for instance, the system, when it gets close to the ground, automatically thinks you want to land. and when that happens, it brings the power back automatically.
and if the pilot is in a position like he may have been here today, coming up close against the seawall and being too low, the last thing you want to do in that situation is actually pull back the power. you want to have more power on, in order to make the runway and make a safe landing. >> yeah. >> so you have to look at systems like that called, for instance, auto throttles, and look at that man/machine interface. >> we know what the ntsb is doing right now. we heard, obviously, there from greg and we also heard earlier from the chairman of the ntsb, debbie hersman. you are an attorney who represents families, represents victims of plane crashes like this. you've done some work the boeing, i understand. what's boeing doing right now? >> well, as greg pointed out, and by the way, greg works with us on occasion too. so, you know, all roads lead to rome, in some respect. but, you know, boeing is, as
greg pointed out, is right there with the ntsb from the get-go. they have a go-team, just like the ntsb does, and when one of their planes go down, they have the team that goes out there and investigates or helps the ntsb investigate. >> captain bun, we have -- you've been with me here for several hours. we've spent a fair amount of time looking at the tail of this plane, what's left of the tail of this plane, and based on what we've seen and based on the eyewitness accounts that we've heard on our air, it sounds as if this plane was, obviously, way too low to land when it came in, does it not? >> absolutely. earlier, we were just talking about on the carrier, coming down with your tail hook just 12 feet or so above the deck. when you come across the end of the runway, not the overrun, not the safety area, but over the very end of the runway that
you're okay to land on, you're about 50 feet above the runway. now, in this case, they've got about a thousand foot of overrun. he should have been at about 150 feet above that when he hit it. that's a huge error. and it's pretty hard for anyone at this point to figure a good reason for that. and it's one of those two things, as you discussed. it's either pilot error it's unable to get the power on the engine. >> two dead, 181 taken to the hospital, one person still unaccounted for. we are keeping a close eye on the hospitals in the san francisco area, tracking not just the number of injured, but also the extent of those injuries as well. my colleague, milissa rehberger will have that part of the story on the other side of this break. ok, i am coming.
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not far from the scene of the crash. now the wreckage, not far across the bay there for us in san francisco. and noelle, if you could, once again for our viewers who are not familiar with precisely where this airport sits in relationship to san francisco, i know it's not part of the city of san francisco, but give us a sense of where this airport and the water that surrounds it. >> reporter: so, it is just south of the city of san francisco, located in a county of san mateo. it's called san francisco international, because that's the closest big city. it serves san francisco and the whole surrounding airport. it's an international terminal. and we can hear, right now, planes taking off and landing, which is in stark contrast to what we had seen earlier today. this airport was closed for the better part of four, four and a half hours. if we can come over this way and just push behind me. sorry, we're kind of taking you all over the place, but to give
you an idea of what's happening rear right now, that plane that crashed, that boeing 777 is still across this estuary from me, and on the other side of that is where san francisco bay is. the flight was asiana air flight 214. here's some numbers for you. 307 people on board that flight, 291 one of them passengers, 16 crew. 61 americans on board. we know from a media conference that happened, oh, probably about an hour ago, that 49 people were taken from the scene to hospitals with serious or critical injuries. 132 passengers were transported after they were triaged here at the scene. so presumably, their injuries were for a less serious. and thankfully, 123 people escaped from this crash uninjured. i had seen some photos a gentleman took from his hotel room at the marriott shortly after this crash, he was up on the eighth floor, and he said his daughter saw something that
looked unusual, he picked up his camera and started shooting. the pictures that i saw from him showed people walking around this aircraft. and it was before you could see any emergency vehicles there. so many of them were able to get off this plane under their own power and slide down those chutes that you hear about so many times when you take off, what's going to happen. you never expect that it actually will happen. >> noelle, perhaps from your vantage point, you can tell a little bit better, but from this vantage point, it does not look like there are still emergency personnel circling the plane. i see some emergency vehicles. can you describe a little bit, kind of what's happening right now with regards to emergency personnel on the scene there? or can you tell? >> reporter: yeah, from -- from what i can see, and it is quite a distance away from me, but i see those same emergency vehicles that you see, the bright yellowish-green emergency vehicles. i don't see any actual activity
around there. i'm certain that investigators will be there. we know gnat ntsb is sending people up here to investigate and oftentimes, those vehicles are there to secure the scene. much of this airport, though, is operating at basically half capacity. there are four runways, two in, two out, and only two runways are operating right now, because of this crash. >> your photographer has quite the zoom lens on that thing. i was wondering if he could give us that vantage point -- >> much better than my eyes. >> no, no, no, your eyes are just fine, but he's able to give us a unique perspective that we have not gotten a lot this afternoon and evening and into the night. again, folks, you can tell right there, that tail that we've been talking about severed from the plane. you can also see the fuselage from this vantage point as well, burned out. and noelle, it looks like the wings, for the most part, at least from this vantage point,
it looks like the wings are fairly in tact? >> reporter: yeah. that's what it looks like from here, although i had heard people, as i was heading here, witnesses describing, you know, that it looked, from their vantage point, like a wing might have sheared off. again, it depends on what vantage point you're looking at, what is actually happening, but it does look to me like the wings are attached. so it depends on where these witnesses were stationed. but while we're zooming in there, let's go over so we can show you where the tail portion of this plane is. because it is quite a distance away from the fuselage. and the tail, according to multiple witnesses, is what hit first, is what impacted first. and it appears it might have impacted the seawall. and then just sheared off from the rest of the plane, which would tell you that this was really quite the impact on an initial hit. and then the rest of the plane appeared to skid down the runway
and finally off the runway into the dirt. had to be some frightening moments for the people on board that plane, who -- many of whom are lucky to be alive tonight. >> can you ballpark the distance between the tail of that plane and the fuselage of that plane? again, i know it may be somewhat difficult from your vantage point, but you've got a much better view than we do, honestly. any idea, if you had to guess, the distance? >> reporter: the only guess i'm going to make is several football fields. >> okay, is what it looks like to me, from here. because i'm sure, you know, when you get up closer to there, you could get a better view. but it is -- it is a great distance between the tail and the fuselage. nowhere near each other. >> that tail is a lot closer to the seawall. the seawall also appears to be, for all practical intents and purposes, from this vantage point, the seawall appears to be
in tact too. >> reporter: the seawall, the whole section of it appears to be in tact. i don't know if there's a little portion of it missing. i would have a hard time believing that the seawall didn't have some kind of impact damage from a jetliner knocking it, but it appears to be in tact. of course, they're not using this runway right now and the only -- i see another emergency vehicle, actually, some movement on emergency vehicles over there right now, by the fuselage area. i don't know if they're just coming in to relieve people who are there, but it's the first time i've actually seen vehicles moving around there for a while right now. >> all right. noelle walker, on the scene for us there in the san francisco bay area. noelle, thank you so much. do appreciate your reporting. i want to bring in milissa rehberger now. milissa rehberger, once again, has been closely monitoring the situation at the hospitals, in and around the san francisco area, the number of people who had been transported. their conditions, the extent of
their injuries. milissa, what can you tell us right now? >> we just have the latest now from the stanford hospital spokesperson. and it says, i quote, currently the stanford hospital emergency department has seen 36 patients for treatment, however the number is fluid and will likely increase. they did not specify the injuries to those patients. but here are the numbers, as we have them now. and once again, we do expect them to change. there are 54 people in six different hospitals. san francisco general has the most with 27 people admitted. ten of them specifically are critical. six female, four male, including two children. no other information on everybody else's condition. stanford hospital, once again, just released that they have treated, let's see, 36 patients the thus far. mills peninsula health center, 12 admitted, all of them are stable. california pacific medical center, five admitted, all have
minor injuries. the university of california san francisco hospital has two patients, one male, one female, both are stable. and st. francis has admitted seven people. they were transferred there, specifically, this is san francisco's premiere burn unit. you saw the smoke and the flames from earlier. we don't know their specific injuries, but even though the plane was evacuated very, very quickly, it stands to reason that some people could have suffered burns in the process. also, as i mentioned earlier, craig, the reason why san francisco general has so many people, is because that is the only area trauma center. so therefore, everyone who was critical was obviously brought there. >> okay. all right. that makes a lot of sense then. milissa rehberger with the latest on the hurt and where they have been taken and the extent of those injuries. folks, we should also note that right now, again, two dead, 181 taken to the hospital. one person is still unaccounted for. there was a time, just a few
hours ago, that officials in san francisco said they couldn't find roughly 60 people. in fact, they said upwards of approximately 60 people. so we were all very concerned. obviously, still are very concerned about the wounded there. but, again, at one point, 60 people could not be accounted for after the crash. it turns out, based on folks on the ground there, that in the frenzied running and walking away from the plane, folks excited, obviously, to reunite with family members. they went into the terminals, some of them went home. so it just took some time for officials there in san francisco to track down the unaccounted. but, again, at this point, one person unaccounted for. we need to reset here, just quickly. when we come back, though, we are going to hear from an eyewitness. you just heard from noelle walker. she referenced the marriott hotel nearby. we'll talk to a person who was inside that marriott hotel and saw this thing go down.
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this has become something of a familiar sight here this evening. this is an empty podium in san francisco. we are waiting on another news conference. that news conference is set to begin any moment there. we're going to be briefed by officials in san francisco. the it's like the last news conference, there will be an official from the fire department, there will be an official from the airport, and also perhaps the mayor himself. we are expecting to learn, hopefully, some new information about the injured, the number of injured, the extent of those injuries as well. we just heard from melissa before the commercial break. we're hoping to get some new information on that. and also perhaps find out whether that one person who's still unaccounted for has, in fact, been found. meanwhile, here in the studio, dan rose, pilot, lawyer, and also the captain. the captain is still with us, captain tom bonn. 40 years, a pilot. flew the 747s, flew the 767s.
you have not flown the boeing 777 yet. still some time, though. >> i don't think they're going to let me do that. >> still some time. >> they're not going to trust me with one of those. >> let's talk a little bit, dan, let me start with you on this one. because, again, we've heard from a number of eyewitnesss. we've heard from someone on the plane, we've seen the tail of that plane on the runway throughout the evening. and at several points, we've seen a wheel as well. you've heard from a number of experts, and again, i don't want you to speculate about the cause of this crash, because we obviously don't have enough information to do that. but based on the cases that you've tried involving boeing, based on your years as a military pilot, what can we glean from the information that we do have right now about what happened on that plane? >> well, obviously, you know, it goes without saying that the plane came in too low. and we know that.
the real issue is, what was the cause of that? and you're right, it's too early to speculate. but it ranges the gamut from pilot error to mechanical failure, design error, or design issues in between. you can't rule out, for instance, bird strikes. as we've seen with miracle on the hudson, you can take out engines easily with that. fuel issues. you know, we've seen in the past foreign carriers -- >> when you say fuel issues, the plane may not have had enough fuel or -- >> yeah, i should clarify that. well, right. not enough fuel. minimum fuel. but it's, again, i'm throwing this out as the range of possibilities -- >> all things you've seen. >> sure. and particularly with the 777, as greg feith mentioned, you had the ice crystal issue in some of the planes and you had an auto pilot issue in the turkish air crash in holland.
so there's a lot of things that are still in play. and at this stage, it's most important to identify the possibilities of why this plane landed short and then start to rule them out. >> one of the things that really struck us earlier when we started to see some of the images, especially of the chutes that deployed from the plane and the people who were able to walk away from that plane so very quickly, we learned at one of these news conferences earlier that, apparently, that boeing 777 was evacuated in somewhere between two and three minutes. that seems, again, it seems as if -- that's really fast. >> it is. although i'm sure, under the circumstances, with the plane, you know, being on fire and having just gone through a crash landing, i'm sure a lot of passengers on there felt differently in terms of how quickly that was happening. but by the regulations, they have to be able to evacuate a plane like that in 90 seconds with half of the exit doors blocked. so it -- that's what you have to
do. >> this is what they're trained for. >> this is what they train for and this is the what they design the plane. the reality may be something different. >> captain bunn, talk to me a little bit about the dynamic between the pilot and the co-pilot as they approach for landing. what is -- what's the pilot doing, what's the co-pilot doing, or what are their supposed to be doing? >> one person's got to fly the plane, the other person handling the radio. and you swap off every other landing. people may think the captain always lands, no, it's 50/50. now, the pilot who's flying the plane is supposed to, around the ways that we normally operate now, is not really touch anything except the flight controls. if he wants a switch moved, he asks the co-pilot to do it. that way, you keep your focus where it belongs. the co-pilot looks, that way, he doesn't get the wrong switch, and confirms what needs to be done is done. so the interaction is is always cross checked between the two
pilots. >> don -- excuse me, dan, what do we know about this particular type of actor and its safety record? >> well, it has generally a good safety record. i don't think that can be seriously disputed, but it has, like most model aircraft, it has its own distinct issues and identified a couple of those, including the ice crystal issue and the auto pilot issue. there have been some others. and i think that's part of what the ntsb that has to look at, with the help of boeing, contributining the information that's necessary, to determine if any of these past issues or instances with the design played a role in this particular crash. >> there has not been a plane crash like this of a commercial airliner of this size in this country, i believe, my colleague, tom costello says it's been well over a decade, if i'm not mistaken.
and considering the sheer number of planes that take off every day in this country, the sheer number of planes that land, every day in this country. it would seem to me that that's a bit surprising. and i don't know if that's a function of pilot training, if that's a function of advancing in technology aboard the aircraft or if it's a function of engineering of the aircraft itself, or is it, perhaps, captain bunn, a function of all three of the affirmations. >> all of these things, put together. sure. we've gotten much, much better airplanes when they built the 747, there was a meeting of the board of directors saying, gee, you know, people have gotten used to a crash with maybe a hundred people on. what happens if we crash an airplane with 400 people on it. and the engineers said, don't worry about it, we're going to build an uncrashable airplane. so they took the engineering to a new level and we've benefited from that since then and been able to benefit even more as microprocessors became able to do things that couldn't be done before that.
>> dan, as we continue to look at what's left of the that boeing 777, how surprised are you that the aircraft, again, sans tails at this point, the aircraft, for the most part, is largely in tact? >> yeah, it's certainly -- it is somewhat surprising. although, like we talked about earlier, each accident and each crash is different. it's unique. and depending on the physics involved and the energies involved, it very well may be not as surprising that it largely remained in tact. >> we're going to hear from someone who was aboard that plane in just a few moments. but, again, for folks who may be just joining us, you basically represent, in a lot of cases, at least, you represent survivors of plane crashes. you represented families of victims of plane crashes as well. can you give our audience at
home some sort of idea what it's like as a passenger in the cabin of an aircraft that's going down. >> well, you know, i haven't been -- >> you know what, think about that one second. i understand we've got a news conference at stanford hospital that we want to listen to right now. this is stanford hospital, one of the area hospitals in san francisco. >> -- firefighters, paramedics, and all the first responders did an absolutely amazing job. when we first learned of the incident, we activated our emergency management and disaster plan. we activated our incident command system. and probably within 30 minutes, or even less, we had over 150 health care providers, including physicians, nurses, and all kinds of support systems, like technicians and radiologists.
we were able to activate seven full trauma teams with board certified trauma surgeons and were able to really accommodate the patients because of the practice that we do with our emergency management plan. so the first thing that we do is we try to get as many patients out of the emergency department as possible, so we're able to accommodate an influx of patients. and we have something called a rapid admission and rapid discharge plan. and through the collaborative work of all of the individuals in the hospital and our hospital incident command system and incident commander, we're able to do that very quickly. and that allowed us to really accommodate a great number of patients. at this time, we've seen 45 patients is from the incident, with various traumatic injuries. and i would like to introduce dr. david spain, who's our chief of trauma, who is one of the first to arrive and helped to
coordinate all of the trauma care. and he can speak to the trauma injuries that we saw. >> so as dr. weiss said, we evaluated approximately 45 patients in the emergency room over the last several hours. as of right now, 16 of those patient have said admitted to the hospital for injuries of various degrees. >> doctor, could you say your name and spell it? >> spain. >> you're listening to a news conference at stanford hospital. you just heard, 45 people have been evaluated at that particular hospital. 16 of the 45 have been admitted to the hospital with various injuries. i want to bring dan rose back into the conversation here and let's pick up right where we left off. you spent time talking to folks who have survived plane crashes. what do they tell you? what's it like being in the cabin when a plane goes down? >> well, you know, just like each crash is unique, each
passenger's view and experience of something like this is unique. but obviously, there's a common the lead here that, you know, this is a horrific and surreal event to go through. you know, some people can walk away from it, fortunately, and, you know, put it behind them. but a lot of them can't. you know, even if you're not injured in the least bit physically, i mean, this is something that's going to be with you in one form or another for the rest of your life. and some people have extremely hard types dealing with it. survivor's guilt, all that kind of thing. and then, of course, you have, you know, different gradations of what people experience, including serious, permanent injuries, debilitating injuries, and ultimately, some people lose their lives, as we've seen, unfortunately, in this crash. and you know, there's no pat, one single answer to it. and everybody reacts differently to it. >> folks, again, we should
remind you right now, we are waiting on another news conference from san francisco international airport. we are expecting to get an update on the number of injured. also, that one person who is still unaccounted for, down from just -- just a few hours ago, down from 60 unaccounted for. let's take a quick break. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] your favorite foods fighting you? fight back fast with tums. calcium-rich tums starts working so fast you'll forget you had heartburn. ♪ tum tum tum tum tums
here's that news conference with the very latest on the plane crash in san francisco. let's take a listen. >> -- responded on a mutual aid basis, 225 first responders and give a very big thanks to them for their outstanding work. with that, i'll now turn it over to mayor ed lee to provide an update. >> thank you, john. at our last press briefing about three hours ago, we were unsure of all of the people who had been accounted for. i would like to say at this time, with the help of so many people, we have accounted all
307 passengers and crew, everyone has been accounted for. and having said that, we have two fatalities that are confirmed and quite a number of passengers who are still in critical condition. and if i may first say thank you to all of the first responders, to the bay area's hospitals, to their nurses and doctors and all the emergency personnel there, are working very hard to make sure people are recovering from this. and i want to reiterate what john martin has said earlier too, with the 225 or so first responders, i want to thank them for their fantastic effort. this could have been much worse. based upon the breakdown that the airlines have worked with us, i want to make sure you understand the breakdown by nationality of the passengers on asiana flight 214. there were 77 koreans, 141
chinese decent, 61 u.s. citizens, one japanese american, and about 11 others of different ethnicities. that accounts for 291 passengers. i also want to acknowledge the tremendous city response that was given not just by the first responders. in addition to their effort, there were korean and chinese interpreters that were dispatched from the city and from various volunteer groups in the community, to come to the airport and make sure translation was provided. our department of public health sent grief counselors in to aassia assist with all the different family and friends that were here. we had paramedics that rode with the injured passengers as they went on buses to the hospitals through all over the bay area. and of course, as i said
earlier, there are over nine bay area hospitals that attended to injured victims. united airlines, which is asiana's star alliance partner, also dispatched their own employees to assist in all the hospitals. and the family and friend unification continues to take place at the international terminal in the red carpet club. this evening, we are awaiting around midnight until 1:00, arrival of the chair of the national transportation safety board, who will begin conducting their formal investigation, and the cite has been secured and we've all been here. the fire chief, the police chief, john martin, the airport director, my staff, and even the coroner for san mateo county, we've all been here for all these hours, and we'll continue being here, to make sure everything continues to be in order. with that said, i want to
reiterate that having visited the cite with staff and with police and with fire department, it is incredible that we have, and very lucky, that we have so many survivors. but there are still many that are critically injured and our prayers and our thoughts continue to go out for them. with that, i would like to have mr. doug aco from the airport provide you with more details. >> sorry, we're actually going to have chief joanne hayswhite speak for a moment. >> good afternoon, everyone, joanne hayswhite, san francisco fire department. since our last address, we are happy to inform that the 60 plus that i had talked about being unaccounted for are all now accounted for. having been on scene for a number of hours, just after the crash, i can tell you, i am very deeply gratified with the incredible show of teamwork exhibited not just by our police and fire departments, but our
brothers and sisters that work in san mateo account, that stepped up to assist us. we had both a fire emergency and multi-casual medical emergency. very difficult scene at first, very well coordinated with the men and weapon of multiple departments, working hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder with the people of airport. our mayor has been on scene, not only our emergency operations center, but at the accident scene. and having surveyed that area, i would agree with him. we are lucky that there has not been a greater loss of life. and my hat is off to the men and women that literally assisted people off the plane, went into the cabin of the plane to do what they could, and that is to protect lives. and it was, like i said, an incredible display of teamwork. our hearts do go out to those who are impacted by today's emergency and accident and tragic loss. when i had talked about those that are unaccounted for, i just want to be clear that we -- our
job is to move people off the airfield and into a safe zone, and we moved them into the airport. so when we were counting our numbers, there were two basically delivery points, or points of entry here at the airport. so those were after the press conference, when we compared all our numbers, with the different people at those sites, we were then able to account for everyone. we had a total of 182 people transported to area hospitals, both in san francisco county and san mateo county and like mayor lee said, it is a team effort. the men and women who work so diligently at our hospitals, providing the care and support for those who are injured, we thank them. we also had 123 that i believe are still either here at the airport or have been processed and are out. those are people that are not injured, were passengers and are not injured. and then, of course, we have the two fatalities, and that accounts for the 307 people. once again, thank you for your attention, thank you for your patience. these scenes are always fluid,
but with the great work under mayor lee's leadership, we're happy to report that there wasn't a greater loss of life. nevertheless, our hearts do go out though those who have suffered losses today. thank you. >> i'm doug yakel, the public information officer at sfo. i just wanted to brief you a little bit object status of the airport. i'll begin by recapping some of the initial facts of the incident. the flight in question was asiana flight 214. this was an aircraft that originated in shanghai, continued on through seoul, into san francisco. the incident occurred at approximately 11:27 a.m. today. since that time, we've been working to restore the airport to normal operational status. we've got a total of four runways at sfo. two of those runways remain close as a result of this incident. we have reopened two other runways and we are accepting limited arrives and departures. our best advice for passengers traveling at sfo continues to be to check with their airline for
the status of their flight. in terms of command of the incident, at 5:00 p.m., an ntsb representative was on site and assumed command of the incident and investigation and we're anticipating receipt of the ntsb team from washington at approximately midnight tonight. the next step will be a press briefing, which will be held some time tomorrow morning, jointly with the ntsb, and we will advise the time of that briefing when it's established. thank you very much. >> there you have it, the latest from a news conference in san francisco. the headline here, undoubtedly, all 307 passengers have been accounted for. that coming from mayor ed lee. all have been accounted for. at this point, again, two people dead, 182 taken to area hospitals. the site itself has been secured. they are waiting for the ntsb
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