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A video has appeared which shows the crash of a commerical airliner on approach at San Franciso International Airpot in 2013. The video also captured the subsequent rescue response. Three people were killed and 200 others were injured in the incident.
There was a previously released clip by investigators but it was only a brief portion of the video.
The longer version was posted by an unidentified user on youtube and was verified on Wednesday by airport officials. Hundreds of passengers can be seen walking next to the crash as emergency trucks arrive.
The video was shot from the airport control tower and is 47 minutes long. It show Asiana Airlines flight 214 attempting to land over San Francisco Bay when it clips a seawall at the start of the runway.
Smoke and dust can be seen rising from the aircraft as it spins down the runway. The footage then zooms in as passengers slide down emergency chutes as the plane starts to burn.
Part of the footage was released by the National Transportation Safety Board five months after the July 6th, 2013, crash.
As emergency trucks pull up and firefighters and police scurry up the emergency chutes to rescue five trapped people, many passengers can be seen milling about on the tarmac. Some of them are even carrying luggage.
Only five of the twelve flight attendants on the plane were able to help with evacuation after the crash the NTSB has said.
The tail of the aircraft severed on impact seriously injuring two attendants who were riding in it.
One of three passengers was accidentally run over by a firefighter responding in a truck and was killed.
The 16-year old girl was covered by flame-retardant foam and ejected from the plane when she was hit by the truck. The NTSB concluded that the two other teen girls killed in the accident appeared to not have been wearing their seat belts when the accident happened.
In the video the crew take around 90 seconds to deploy emergency chutes and once the plane comes to a stop, evacuation is ordered.
The pilot had initially told the flight attendants not to deploy the chutes. This was the reason for the delay “as well as disorientation and confusion.” the NTSB said.
Upon a flight attendant noticing a fire, the plane was then ordered to be evacuated. Proper procedures were followed, including the initial delay wait for guidance from outside the plane, the NTSB said.
On Wednesday, Al Diehl said “It’s a little long, but the pilot may not have known he was off the runway. This guy had gone through a lot and was everybody was a little dazed.” Al Diehl is a retired NTSB investigator.
The San Francisco Fire Department needed to institute policies and training on responding to prone victims outside damaged air planes the NTSB said. But the fire department’s response had been appropriate the agency said.
On June 28th the video was first posted to youtube by an unidentified user. Spokesman for San Francisco airport Charles Shuler said that the video is authentic and airport authorities had distributed it widely throughout the aviation industry since the investigation was completed.
Shuler said “The footage illustrates the rapid response of airport and first responders, the quick knockdown of initial and secondary fires, and the integration of mutual aid support.”
Diehl added “It sounds like, for the most part, things went very well, ” and “It’s amazing only three people died.”
The pilots were at fault for the crash the NTSB concluded.