San Francisco air crash probe

CNC report from San Francisco
Added On July 11, 2013

Now, turning to the investigation into the air crash in San Francisco.

A federal safety official said on Wednesday that passengers aboard the Asiana Airlines plane were initially told not to evacuate the aircraft after it skidded to a halt on the runway.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has revealed more details of the crash, which killed two Chinese and wounded more than 180 other people.

National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said the pilots were in contact with air traffic controllers in the seconds after the plane crashed, and told flight attendants not to order passengers to evacuate.

But a flight attendant saw fire outside the plane, and the call to exit was made, which is 90 seconds after the crash. The first emergency response vehicles arrived 30 seconds later.

Safety rules require that it be possible to evacuate all passengers from a plane in a 90-second period.

Hersman said it seems a little unusual that the crew would not announce an order to evacuate after a plan crash.