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Investigators: Pilot initially told passengers not to evacuate Asiana plane

  • In this Saturday, July 6, 2013 aerial photo, emergency crews respond at the scene of the wreckage of Asiana Flight 214, top right, after it crashed at the San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, earlier in the day. The pilot at the controls of airliner had just 43 hours of flight time in the Boeing 777 and was landing one for the first time at San Francisco International. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO — Federal safety officials say a pilot initially told passengers not to evacuate an Asiana Airlines flight that crash landed in San Francisco.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that people did not begin fleeing the aircraft until 90 seconds later when a fire erupted.

Officials say the delay occurred as the pilot checked with the tower at the airport.

In addition, investigators said three flight attendants were flung from the plane during the landing. All three survived.

They had said Tuesday that two attendants were flung from the aircraft.

Two passengers were killed and many others were injured in the crash on Saturday.


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