Monday, July 8, 2013
The Coast Guard was one of the first agencies to respond to the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco Airport on Saturday.
Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received a call around noon of a Boeing 777 that crashed at the SFO airport.
Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco launched an MH- 65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew and medically evacuated two individuals to Stanford Hospital.
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman told reporters Sunday that the plane was flying too slow as it attempted to land:
"The speed was significantly below 137 knots, and we're not talking a few knots."
Two teenage girls from China were killed in the accident. At least 168 people were treated for injuries suffered in the crash. Eight of those receiving medical attention are still in critical condition, according to USA Today.