Two Fatal Plane Crashes over Weekend
(AP) – As Asiana Flight 214 was coming in low over San Francisco Bay, Fei Xiong and her 8-year-old son looked at each other, sensing something was wrong.
“My son told me ‘The plane will fall down, it’s too close to the sea.’ I told him ‘No, baby, it’s OK, we’ll be fine.’ And then the plane just fell down,” Xiong said Sunday, moving gingerly from a plastic brace on her injured neck.
Within moments, the aircraft was hurtling out of control, its rear portion ripped off. Baggage was tumbling from the overhead bins onto passengers. People were screaming.
The crash Saturday at San Francisco airport killed two 16-year-old girls from China, whose bodies were found outside the wreckage, and injured dozens of others.
Another fatal plane crashed over the weekend, this time in Alaska.
Police say a small plane has crashed at the Soldotna Airport, killing all aboard.
Meagan Peters of Alaska State Troopers says the fixed-wing aircraft was fully engulfed in flames before firefighters could get to the plane. She was not able to say how many people were on board at the time of the crash and the victims have not been identified.
The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. Peters did not know if the plane was taking off or landing at the airport at the time of the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board identified the aircraft in a release Sunday as a de Havilland Otter Air Taxi. The NTSB is sending a team to investigate the crash. NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss said one local member of the team was at the scene Sunday evening.
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