Survivor's memory of Asiana air crash

CNC reporting from Hangzhou
Added On July 18, 2013

The group of Chinese students and teachers who were onboard Asiana flight 214 when it crashed in San Francisco have returned to east China's Zhejiang Province.

It's been almost two weeks since the disaster, but of course they haven't fully recovered from the shock.

CNC spoke with the head teacher.

Last weekend, 31 teachers and students who survived the Asiana crash came back to Jiangshan and were reunited with their families.

For Ye Lianjun, the head teacher accompanying the students, it's still hard to believe what happened.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) YE LIANJUN, Survivor of Asiana crash
"Things went really well before the crash. My students were all excited about the trip. But the plane's tail hit the airport's seawall right before it landed. After the second crash, it went totally dark in the cabin."

After the plane came to a stop, the cabin was permeated with the smell of something burning.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) YE LIANJUN, Survivor of Asiana crash
"There was actually no fire but some dust. My glasses had flown out of the cabin and all I could think of were the kids. I shouted to them to get out."

At that moment, passengers started to escape through the emergency exit and the huge hole at the back end of the airplane.

Ye Lianjun called out to his students to gather them together.

That was when he realized three girls were missing.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) YE LIANJUN, Survivor of Asiana crash
"We looked back at the plane. It was covered in heavy smoke. Three kids were missing, so I was very worried. There were a lot of firefighters and policemen. I grabbed each one and asked them but couldn't find the missing girls."

The other students, of course, were also worried about their friends.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) YE LIANJUN, Survivor of Asiana crash
“When the students got to the hotel, it was already  2 a.m, but they got on the internet and searched for information on the three girls.”

Later on, Ye was informed that two of them died at the scene of the crash, while the other one died in the hospital.

Ye was deeply touched by the students' calmness and mutual assistance during the accident.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) YE LIANJUN, Survivor of Asiana crash
“A Korean stewardess was bleeding. Although the students were frightened, they went to her, asked her to lie down on her back and tried to stop the bleeding with their clothes.”

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) YE LIANJUN, Survivor of Asiana crash
 “When one student had injury on his foot jumping off the plane, another student carried him on his back. We were just helping and supporting each other. The students were holding hands. ”

Ye says after the crash he has a deeper understanding of friendship and courage.