Asiana Airlines passengers, whose plane crashed landed in San Francisco, desperate calls to 911 have been released.
In the chaos that ensued after the first moments, passengers are heard telling 911 operators that they need help and that there are critically injured fellow passengers in need of immediate help.
“We’ve been down on the ground, I don’t know, 20 minutes, a half-hour. There are people waiting on the tarmac with critical injuries. We’re almost losing a woman here. We’re trying to keep her alive.”
Another caller tells dispatchers that more help is needed to tend to the more than 180 injured.
“We just crashed-landed on the airline and it looks like help’s coming, but not too many ambulances,”
The 911 calls were released by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) late Wednesday, after National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairwoman Deborah Hersman said flight attendants were initially told by the pilot not to evacuate the airplane.
As reported by The Inquisitr on Wednesday, before the release of the Asiana 911 calls, evacuation was delayed by 90 seconds after the crash.
That was when a flight attendant noticed the flames and at the doors of the triple seven were opened to allow the evacuation to begin.
“Hindsight is 20/20,” Hersman said. “We need to understand what they were thinking, what their procedures are, whether they complied with these, whether that evacuation proceeded in a timely manner.”
Moreover, it was reported that three flight attendants were ejected from the aircraft and not two as was previously stated. Six of the 12 crew members remain hospitalized in San Francisco.
Hersmans said that they expect to be able to interview the remaining crew, to try to determine what caused the crash. The pilot told investigators that he was blinded by a light at 500 feet as he approached the runway for landing.
“We need to understand exactly what that is,” she said, calling it “a temporary issue.”
The Asiana Airlines 911 calls show the first desperate minutes after the plane crash.