Recordings of 911 calls from Saturday’s crash landing of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport reveal the chaotic situation following the plane’s fiery impact with the runway, calling into question the delayed response to the crash.
“There’s been a crash at San Francisco Airport, there’s people injured on the tarmac, seriously injured,” a woman is heard to say on a 911 recording. “There are no ambulances.”
The operator asked if the woman had been on the plane.
“Yes, I was on the plane!” she said. “We’ve been on the ground, I don’t know, twenty minutes, a half hour. There are people laying on the tarmac with critical injuries, head injuries, we’re almost losing one here. We’re trying to keep her alive.”
Information also came to light Thursday that the pilots did not order the evacuation of the plane, instead instructing passengers to remain seated, against airline safety protocol.
“In order to get certified, an aircraft manufacturer has to show that a fully-loaded aircraft can be evacuated, fully evacuated within ninety seconds,” said Deborah Hersman, NTSB Chairwoman. “What we saw here was that the first doors and slides weren’t opened for about ninety seconds.”
Investigators say the plane was only evacuated after a flight attendent noticed flames.
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