July 7 - The search is underway in the first full day of the investigation into the cause of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed in San Francisco, killing 2 and injuring more than 180. Karen Hendren reports.
U-S investigators are examining flight data recorders as the investigation gets underway into what caused the crash of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 in San Francisco that killed two young Chinese passengers and injured more than 180. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said it's too early to determine what went wrong. "We need good evidence, we need to document that, we need to corroborate that with information from air traffic control tapes, radar, flight data recorder information, cockpit voice recorder information." Asiana Airlines President and CEO Yoon Young-doo said mechanical failure didn't appear to be a factor. Crash survivor Vedpal Singh said it was a hard landing. "There was a loud noise and the whole plane shook. So we thought, you know, that something terrible has gone wrong." Pictures taken after the crash showed thick smoke billowing from the fuselage. TV footage later showed the aircraft gutted and blackened by fire. Much of its roof was gone. Passenger Ben Levy: "The fire happened much later I couldn't see any fire coming out the back of the plane. and by the time I went out through the front I saw more smoke in the front, maybe some flames... the beginning of it and then the firemen were already on the spot." Government officials in Seoul say the two deaths were both teenage female Chinese nationals who had been seated at the rear of the aircraft. San Francisco Fire Officials said 49 people were hospitalized with serious injuries. Another 132 suffered moderate and minor injuries.