Fatal Crash Victims Were 16-Year-Old Girls; 19 People Still in Hospital; 2 Paralyzed

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A doctor at San Francisco General Hospital says at least two people injured in a weekend plane crash that were treated there are paralyzed and two others suffered road rash-type injuries suggesting they were dragged.

Chief of Surgery Margaret Knudson says at a news conference Sunday doctors at the hospital have also seen abdominal and orthopedic injuries and head trauma.

She says patients with severe abdominal injuries and spinal fractures appear to have suffered them from being thrown forward and back while restrained by seat belts.

Hospital spokeswoman Rachael Kagan says the hospital treated 53 people from the crash. There are currently 19 people there, six in critical condition, including a child.

Knudson said everybody who could talk to staff said they were in the back of the plane.

Meanwhile, San Francisco's fire chief says investigators are trying to determine whether two 16-year-old girls whose bodies were found on either side of the plane were alive or dead when rescuers reached the scene.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco's fire chief says 19 people remain hospitalized, six of them in critical condition, from a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White says at a news conference outside San Francisco General Hospital Sunday the two 16-year-old girls who died were found on either side of the plane near the "front middle."

Investigators are determining whether they were alive or dead when rescuers reached the scene.

Hayes-White says first responders told her they saw people at the edge of the bay dousing themselves with water, possibly to cool burn injuries.

The Asiana Airlines plane crashed while it was landing Saturday. Dozens of people were also injured.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say the two passengers who died in Saturday's crash of an Asiana Airlines flight at San Francisco International Airport were 16-year-old girls from China.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told the San Jose Mercury News that one appeared to have been thrown from the rear of the plane when the tail broke off, and the other was found near the wreckage.

The official Chinese news agency Xinhua, quoting the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, says both victims were from China.

Education authorities in China say at least 70 Chinese students and teachers were on the plane heading to summer camps.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The survivor of a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport says she could feel the plane's tail hit the ground and walked onto the tarmac with her injured son through a hole that opened up in the aircraft.

Thirty-four-year-old Wen Zhang says outside San Francisco General Hospital on Sunday that the hole was near where the bathroom used to be. She said she had no time to be scared, though baggage was falling around her, people were screaming and the window in her aisle had broken.

Her 4-year-old son hit the seat in front of him and broke his leg. She was unhurt.

The Asiana Airlines crash while it was landing Saturday left two dead and dozens injured.


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